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Daisuke Matsuzaka continued his road back to prime time on Saturday, when he allowed a run in five innings to record his first win at any level in Japan since 2006.

Pitching for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks’ Western League club, Matsuzaka allowed two hits in a 17-3 win over the Yomiuri Giants’ Eastern League club. Matsuzaka, who left Japan in 2007 to pitch for the Boston Red Sox, returned in 2015 with the Hawks but has been struggling with a variety of injuries and had surgery on his right shoulder just over a year ago.

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