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Ex-major leaguer Matsuzaka to end career after 23 seasons

Japan's iconic ace played for Red Sox and Mets while in the US

Daisuke Matsuzaka delivers for the New York Mets in 2013.    © Reuters

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Seibu Lions pitcher and seven-time Golden Glove winner Daisuke Matsuzaka will retire after this season, ending a 23-year playing career that included an eight-year stint in the major leagues, the Pacific League team said Wednesday.

The 40-year-old Tokyo native, who helped the Boston Red Sox win a World Series championship in his rookie MLB season in 2007, made his comeback to Nippon Professional Baseball in 2015 but struggled to recover from a cervical spine surgery he had last year.

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