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Baseball: Hideki Matsui retires from baseball

NEW YORK, Dec. 28 –Japanese outfielder Hideki Matsui said Thursday he has decided to retire from baseball.

The 38-year-old slugger, a two-time All-Star and former World Series MVP with the New York Yankees, had been a free agent since his release from the Tampa Bay Rays in August.

Matsui began his professional career with the Yomiuri Giants of Japan's Central League in 1993 and came to the majors in 2003. (PNA/Kyodo)

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