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.
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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