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Published February 22, 2011, 03:15 PM

Twins, Nishioka Prepare to Adjust to Each Other

A baker's dozen of journalists were waiting at the doorway to the Minnesota Twins clubhouse, and for once they weren't looking for Joe Mauer.

By: Jon Krawcznski, Associated Press

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — A baker's dozen of journalists were waiting at the doorway to the Minnesota Twins clubhouse, and for once they weren't looking for Joe Mauer.

Tsuyoshi Nishioka got settled into his locker at the Twins' spring training home in Fort Myers, Fla., on Tuesday and he spent much of the morning surrounded by 13 journalists from his native Japan.

Nishioka is the Twins' first major acquisition from Japan. He led his Japanese league in hitting last season and signed a three-year, $9.25 million contract to join the Twins in December.

Both Nishioka and his teammates will be making adjustments this spring. Nishioka does not speak much English, though he wants to learn. And the Twins are learning how to communicate with him and make him feel a part of the team.

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