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SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) -- Hisanori Takahashi knows there are no guarantees for a player who walks into major league camp with a minor league contract. That's why he's happy to fill any role for the Chicago Cubs.
Bidding for a spot in the bullpen, Takahashi started Wednesday and pitched three shaky innings in a 3-2 loss to the Texas Rangers.
The 37-year-old left-hander gave up three runs and five hits, including Lance Berkman's first home run. He walked two and struck out four in his fourth appearance of the spring.
"It's been a while since I started, maybe two or three years," Takahashi said through a translator. "I'm happy about pitching those innings. There are areas I can fix, especially those two walks and the home run I allowed."
Uncertainty is nothing new for Takahashi, who went to his first major league camp with the New York Mets in 2010 after signing a minor league contract with the club.
"I've played baseball a long time ...
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