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Chunichi Dragons veteran left-hander Masahiro Yamamoto had to leave the mound after throwing just one pitch in a farm league game at Nagoya Dome on Tuesday.

The 49-year-old Yamamoto, who last September became the oldest pitcher to win a game in Japanese baseball history, said he heard his right knee pop. He was pitching in his first preseason game in a Western League spring development matchup against the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks.

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