Originally written on Fox Sports Wisconsin  |  Last updated 11/20/14
Norichika Aoki feels quite comfortable in the batter's box. The native of Hyuga City, Japan, proved as much Sunday, when he hammered a full-count, two-out offering from Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw over the fence for a homer. That round-tripper was part of a stretch in which Aoki produced 10 hits in 16 Cactus League at-bats with his new squad, the Brewers -- much to the delight of his new manager. "This guy's pretty special," Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke said of Aoki. "He can do what he wants to do." So far this spring, Aoki is batting .327 with 8 RBIs and 3 triples in exhibition play. "I feel like I'm getting a little bit better every day," Aoki said, through an interpreter. Aoki came to the Brewers in January, after signing a two-year deal. The left-fielder, nicknamed "Nori," was a three-time Japanese batting champ, and had a .329 career average from 2004-2011, playing for the Tokyo Yakult Swallows. Like most Japanese imports, Aoki is under a lot of pressure and scrutiny. Yet, th...
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