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A's, Hideki Matsui finalize deal

Updated: December 14, 2010, 8:54 PM ET
Associated Press

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Despite the language barrier, Hideki Matsui cracked jokes with Oakland general manager Billy Beane and showed he should fit in quite nicely with the easygoing Athletics.

The A's are thrilled to have him as their new power hitter in the middle of the lineup, not to mention as a veteran clubhouse presence for a young team.

Matsui finalized a $4.25 million, one-year contract with Oakland on Tuesday after he passed a physical. The sides had agreed to terms during ...

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