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As Randy Johnson stood on the mound at Tokyo Dome on Tuesday night, Chiba Lotte Marines leadoff hitter Tsuyoshi Nishioka could be forgiven for thinking he dodged a bullet.

Because even though the 208-cm Johnson was towering in front of Nishioka on the rubber, this was a scaled back Big Unit. His intensity replaced by a wry smile and intimidation factor by jeans and a pair of sneakers.

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