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Video of Daisuke Matsuzaka pitching in the bullpen on Thursday, posted online by the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks, revealed nothing spectacular or particularly revelatory. If anything, Matsuzaka resembled the pitcher he’s always been.

His mechanics weren’t drastically different from the form he utilized last year with the New York Mets and his delivery looked typically Matsuzaka, longish and with a slight hitch. He threw again on Friday, working on his balance and form — it was said he might be trying to get back to what worked in Japan the first time around — while pitching coach Yoshinori Sato kept watch.

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