The New York Yankees will begin their new season with two games against Tampa Bay in Tokyo on 30 and 31 March.
Matsui and Tampa Bay's Aubrey Huff bang the MLB drum in Japan
The mini-series means a return to Japan on Yankees duty for Hideki Matsui.
"I never thought I'd be playing in Japan in the Yankee uniform," said the said big-hitting Japanese outfielder.
The Yankees and Devil Rays will play doubleheaders against the Yomiuri Giants - Matsui's former team - and the Hanshin Tigers, also at the Tokyo Dome on 28 and 29 March.
"It will be interesting to play against my old team-mates," said Matsui. "But my role on the Yankees is different than it was with the Giants."
These will be the first games played by the Yankees
outside the United States and Canada since 1955, according to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Matsui was a three-time MVP for the Giants before joining
the Yankees ahead of the 2003 season.
The Yankees originally were to have opened at home against the Rays on 5 and 7 April, then travelled to Tampa for
a four-game series the following week.
Under the revised schedule, the teams will return to spring training from Japan and resume their season at Tampa
on 6 and 7 April.
They then will play at Yankee Stadium on 13 and 14 April.