3/14 Fukudome's hitting coach returns

Kosuke Fukudome’s Japanese hitting coach is back. Kyosuke Sasaki joined the Cubs in Mesa on Sunday and will stay with the team for a week. Sasaki worked with Fukudome this offseason in Nagoya for five days, hitting for three hours a day. The key this season, Sasaki said, is to have Fukudome be a little lower in his stance. He agreed with Cubs hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo, who wants to the outfielder to close his stance a little. Sasaki promised last year that Fukudome would hit .300. He didn’t. What about this season? “He will — I promise,” Sasaki said.

— Carrie Muskat 

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