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December 14, 2007

Breaking down Fukumori

New Rangers reliever Kazuo Fukumori was introduced to the media Friday at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. The media contingent had a strong international flair with many Japanese reporters on hand for the signing. Among things we learned about the 31-year-old right-hander were:

His last name is pronounced foo-koo-MORE-ee

He goes by Kaz

He's learning English but spoke through interpretors

He's a fastball, forkball pitcher

He's throwing from the mound already after having elbow surgery this year and expects to be ready for Opening Day

His preferred role is whatever role manager Ron Washington wants to put him in

He was 4-2 with 17 saves and a 4.75 ERA before the elbow surgery in 2007 while pitching for the Tohuku Rakuten

The contract is for two years with a club option for 2010

- Anthony Andro

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