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Matsui first to play 10 seasons in Japan, Majors

Matsui first to play 10 seasons in Japan, Majors

Matsui first to play 10 seasons in Japan, Majors
ST. PETERSBURG -- Hideki Matsui became the first player in baseball history to play 10 seasons of professional baseball in Japan and 10 seasons in the Major Leagues when he played in Tuesday night's Rays-White Sox game.

Ichiro Suzuki played nine seasons in Japan before heading to the Major Leagues, where he has played for the Mariners for 12 seasons.

Matsui broke a scoreless tie Tuesday night with a two-run homer in his second at-bat in an eventual loss for the Rays, which was the fifth time that a Japanese player has homered in his debut with a Major League team, and the second time Matsui has done it. He also did it in 2010 with the Angels.

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The other three to do so are: Kosuke Fukudome (Cubs), Kenji Johjima (Mariners) and Kazuo Matsui (Mets).

Matsui has also homered in three of his four Major League home debuts (Rays, Angels and Yankees).

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