A Japanese baseball pitcher, Daisuke Matsuzaka first earned fame in Japan as a high school standout and then as the ace for the Seibu Lions. He throws two-seam and four-seam fastballs along with a plus curve and a plus slider. Matsuzaka was the ace for Japan in the 2000 and 2004 Olympics as well as the 2006 World Baseball Classic, in which he won the championship game.
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In Japan's national high school tournament, Matsuzaka threw back-to-back complete game wins, throwing 250 pitches, then pitched an inning in relief the next day. On the fourth day, he started again and again got the win with a complete game, throwing about 400 pitches in four days.
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