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Matsuzaka shuts down Cuba for eight innings

Updated: August 18, 2004, 1:51 AM ET
Associated Press

ATHENS, Greece -- Japan found its own version of Ben Sheets.

Right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka shut out Cuba for eight innings Tuesday, leading Japan to a 6-3 victory that will go down in Olympic history and his country's lore.

Just as Sheets led the United States to gold in Sydney four years ago by dominating the Cubans, Matsuzaka led his baseball-enthralled nation to new heights in international play.

The round-robin victory was a breakthrough for Japan, which sat ...

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