"Because I've not been able to pitch these past years, I want to really demonstrate that I can pitch and am fit," Matsuzaka said.
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"I told him that I could go. When it went into extra innings, I knew I'd have to pitch some," Matsuzaka said through a translator. "This is my role for the time being, so I'll do my best."
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