Yomiuri Giants lefty Kimiyasu Kudo, who turned 40 in May, will be given a 20 million yen pay cut, the Central League club said Monday.

Kudo, who will return for a 23rd season in 2004 — the longest in Japanese pro baseball — re-signed for an annual salary of 280 million yen but was nonetheless content after a season plagued by injuries this year.

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