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Keep your eye this coming season in Japanese baseball on catcher Tsubasa Aizawa of the Hiroshima Carp. The 27-year-old, eight-year veteran appears ready to take over as the first-string catcher on a team poised to challenge for the Central League pennant under new manager Koichi Ogata.

Catchers not providing even halfway-decent offensive statistics has been one of the weak points in an otherwise mostly strong overall performance for a club that finished third in the CL standings the last two years.

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