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Matsui batted .274 with 21 homers and 84 RBIs last season with the Los Angeles Angels, Oakland’s division rival. He spent his first seven major league seasons with the New York Yankees and was MVP of the 2009 World Series.

Matsui joined the A’s in December on a $4.25 million, one-year contract that includes an additional $100,000 in possible performance bonuses.

His father, Masao, for one, is expecting big things from his son this season: as in 30 homers and a .300 average.

“It’s crazy,” shortstop Cliff Pennington said of the buzz. “Everybody’s excited about the new guys we have. Expectations are high. He’s a big-time player and it will bring some attention to the team. It will be interesting to learn about the culture, too.”

NOTES: Reliever Michael Wuertz left the complex early and is nursing a minor shoulder issue that will keep him out for a couple of days. … Geren said Pennington, coming off left shoulder surgery that is expected to keep him out of the first week of exhibition games, could get some defensive work in before he gets any at-bats. … 1B Daric Barton has been sick in recent days and was limited.