Seibu Lions ace right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka made a fresh request to his team Thursday to let him pursue a career in the major leagues next year, but the answer was “no” again.

Team representative Akira Kuroiwa said he told Matsuzaka that the 25-year-old is a “symbol” of the Seibu group and should continue as an important member of the Lions next season, although his wish to put himself in a more challenging situation is understandable.

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