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Masahiro Tanaka, who helped Komadai Tomakomai finish runnerup at the national high school baseball championship last month, made himself available Wednesday for the upcoming baseball draft for high school students.

“I’ve always wanted to be a professional player since I was a child,” said the 17-year-old right-hander, who submitted a form stating that he wishes to play in the pros two days after championship winning pitcher Yuki Saito of Waseda Jitsugyo announced his plan to attend university.

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