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Matsui used to Feb. 1 training camp start

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Kazuo Matsui arrived at the New York Mets' spring training complex Friday after traveling to Florida the previous night aboard the plane of team owner Fred Wilpon.

"My first priority is practice. In Japan spring training starts
on Feb. 1," Matsui said through interpreter Toru Mihara. "I am
familiar with that schedule."

Matsui, who signed a $20.1 million, three-year contract in
December, spoke to reporters in a drizzle for about seven minutes
outside the visiting clubhouse. He plans to begin working out
Saturday.

During his stay in New York, Matsui worked out in a domed tent
alongside his hotel. A Japanese tennis team was
using the tent, and he said the team members were gracious enough
to allow him to conduct personal training on a daily basis.

When asked why he left New York, Matsui wrapped both arms around his body and shivered while saying: "Brrrr."