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Fukudome likened to Ichiro-Matsui hybrid

Originally Published: February 18, 2008
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

MESA, Ariz. -- Chicago is anxious to extend its hands and hearts to Kosuke Fukudome. If he fulfills the hype, there will be an abundance of standing ovations, Wrigley Field curtain calls and laudatory Jay Mariotti columns coming his way over the next several months.

But as Fukudome nears the end of his first week in a Major League Baseball clubhouse, even the most erudite, well-educated Cubs could use a primer on how to relate to their new teammate.

Left fielder Matt Murton, ...

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