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Former high-school baseball star pitcher Yuki Saito will retire at the end of the season after 11 years in NPB, the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters said Friday.

The 33-year-old was nicknamed the “Handkerchief Prince” after he used a blue handkerchief to wipe away sweat while steering his team to the high school national championship in the summer of 2006.

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