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Yoshinori Tateyama holds a press conference at Sapporo Dome

by on Dec.03, 2010 @ 4:47 pm, under MLB

12/4/2010 4:42pm JST

Additional comments carried by Nikkan Sports:

Having [Koji Uehara pitching] in the same league makes me happy and gives me strength.  I'd like a chance to pitch against him.  [Uehara] told me that control is very important when pitching in the Majors.  I want to make sure I'm fully prepared.

12/3/2010 4:47pm JST

Yoshinori Tateyama held a press conference at Sapporo Dome earlier today to announce that he signed with the Texas Rangers.  It seems Tateyama was also assigned the number 22.

Said Tateyama, "The Rangers told me that they really wanted me to be a part of their bullpen.  I just hope I'm a good fit."

Tateyama is also currently thinking about starting a blog so that he can stay in touch with his fans in Japan.