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Pages: 167. Not illustrated. Chapters: Ichiro Suzuki, Daisuke
Matsuzaka, Kyuji Fujikawa, Norichika Aoki, Tsuyoshi Wada, Nobuhiko
Matsunaka, Tsuyoshi Nishioka, Toshiya Sugiuchi, Munenori Kawasaki,
Kosuke Fukudome, Akinori Iwamura, Koji Uehara, Akinori Otsuka,
Shunsuke Watanabe, Kazuhiro Wada, Michihiro Ogasawara, Yasuhiko
Yabuta, Tatsuhiko Kinjoh, Naoyuki Shimizu, Hirotoshi Ishii,
Takahiro Mahara, Ryoji Aikawa, Tomoya Satozaki, Soichi Fujita,
Takahiro Arai, Hiroyuki Kobayashi, Shinya Miyamoto, Hitoshi Tamura,
Toshiaki Imae, Tomoyuki Kubota, Motonobu Tanishige. Excerpt: NPB
MLB Japan National Team Daisuke Matsuzaka Matsuzaka Daisuke, born
September 13, 1980 in Kanita, Aomori Prefecture) is a starting
pitcher for the Boston Red Sox. He previously played for the Seibu
Lions in Japan's Pacific League. He was selected the MVP of the
inaugural and the second World Baseball Classic, and is an Olympic
bronze medalist. Matsuzaka was born on September 13, 1980, in
Aomori, Aomori Prefecture. He was named after Japanese high school
star pitcher Daisuke Araki. Growing up in Koto, Tokyo, he studied
kendo from the age of five to nine and began playing organized
baseball when he was in 3rd grade. After excelling at the Little
League and junior high level, Daisuke Matsuzaka was admitted into
Yokohama High School, a baseball powerhouse, in the spring of 1996.
By his second of three years, he had developed into the school's
ace pitcher. Despite his early success, he would experience a
setback that summer when he allowed a go-ahead wild pitch in the
semi-final game of the Kanagawa Prefecture preliminary round of the
National High School Baseball Championship (Summer Koshien). During
that offseason, his fastballs first began to regularly clock in at
around 90 mph (140 km/h). After pitching his school to the
championship of the National High School Baseball I...
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