Posted May 29, 2012

Former World Series MVP Hideki Matsui set to join Tampa Bay Rays

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Former World Series MVP Hideki Matsui will join the Tampa Bay Rays today. (Otto Greule Jr./Getty Images)

Former World Series MVP and two-time American League All-Star Hideki Matsui will join the Tampa Bay Rays for tonight’s game against the Chicago White Sox after being called up from Triple-A Durham.

Matsui, 37, has played nine seasons in the majors with the New York Yankees, Los Angeles Angels, and Oakland Athletics. He won the World Series MVP in 2009 after the Yankees defeated the Philadelphia Phillies in six games.

The Rays made room on the roster by optioning outfielder-designated hitter Stephen Vogt to Durham and transferred outfielder Brandon Guyer from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

Matsui played in 141 games for Oakland in 2011. He batted .251 with 12 home runs and 72 RBIs, mostly as a designated hitter.  Matsui has 173 HR and 753 RBI with a lifetime .285 average in the majors.