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07:37 AM ET 02.02 | Texas Rangers scout Joe Furukawa, who helped ease the way for right-hander Yu Darvish in his major-league debut last season, is headed back to his previous posting as a Pacific Rim scout. He likely will get an eyeful of right-hander Masahiro Tanaka of the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of the Japan Pacific League. Tanaka, 24, could heads to the major leagues after this season by entering the posting process. If that happens, there will be a strong demand for Tanaka, who is two years and three months younger than Darvish. In the last two seasons, Tanaka is 29-9 with a 1.53 ERA and 410 strikeouts with only 46 walks in 399 1/3 innings. His out pitch is the slider. The Rangers, doing their due diligence, have already taken in some Tanaka starts.

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Masahiro Tanaka, Stephen Dunn/Getty Images Masahiro Tanaka, Stephen Dunn/Getty Images
February 2, 2013  09:27 AM ET

Turning Japanese, Bros?

February 2, 2013  11:23 AM ET

the rangers would move to plan B,,

February 2, 2013  11:25 AM ET

the rangers DO have plenty cash available,,remember???the texas didn't spend any big amount this past winter,,,

February 2, 2013  11:26 AM ET

if rangers are able to sign two top pitchers from japan with the likes and speed as darvish,, things could be looking mighty good,,

February 2, 2013  12:12 PM ET

Sushi in the clubhouse every game. This is a sushi conspiracy. Follow the fish.

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February 2, 2013  07:37 PM ET

Someone shoulda warned the Rangers. If you pick up one chinaman pitcher, one season later you're going to want to pick up another...

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February 2, 2013  08:30 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Someone shoulda warned the Rangers. If you pick up one chinaman pitcher, one season later you're going to want to pick up another...

"Chinaman" is not the preferred nomenclature, Dude.

February 2, 2013  09:00 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

"Chinaman" is not the preferred nomenclature, Dude.

Because he's Japanese?

February 3, 2013  09:52 AM ET

Radar did help us at Peral Harbor.

 
February 3, 2013  12:15 PM ET

WOK On!!!

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