Fred Lewis' first season with the Hiroshima Carp will be mostly spent getting used to Japanese, ouendans and games that can end in ties. Luckily, the 32-year old is already used to playing baseball at a high level, and for now that's enough.

"It feels good," Lewis said of his experience in Japan thus far. "I get a chance to continue my career and show my talent. I just love to play the game of baseball. Just happy to showcase it here in Japan. It feels good to be wanted in such a great game that I've played my whole life. I'm just happy to be here."

If everything goes as planned, Carp fans will be just as happy by the end of the season, because Lewis could give the team another offensive threat in an offense that's been among the more pedestrian in Japan in recent years.