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It took Yokohama BayStars pitcher Shoichi Ino five starts before he won his first game in 2013. The rookie then bounced in and out of the rotation, and it wasn’t until September that the right-hander took a game into at least the seventh inning for the first time. He posted only five wins and had to win three of his last four starts just to get there.

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