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Seibu Lions hard-throwing right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka re-signed with the Pacific League club on Thursday for an annual salary of 200 million yen — a whopping 85 million yen pay raise.

Matsuzaka becomes the third pro baseball player to reach the lucrative salary in his sixth year following Seattle Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki (then Orix BlueWave) and New York Yankees outfielder Hideki Matsui (then Yomiuri Giants), who were paid 260 million yen and 200 million yen, respectively.

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