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Seibu star now prized free agent

Updated: November 17, 2003, 10:08 AM ET
Associated Press

TOKYO -- Another Japanese star wants to play in the major leagues.

Seibu Lions shortstop Kazuo Matsui, a seven-time All-Star in Japan, said Monday at a news conference that he's decided to pursue a big-league career in North America.

``It's been my dream to play in the majors,'' Matsui said. ``This represents a new challenge for me.''

Matsui, 28, hopes to follow in the footsteps of Hideki Matsui and Ichiro Suzuki, who quickly became major-league ...

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