ARLINGTON, Tex. Texas Rangers right-hander Yoshinori Tateyama came to the United States for spring training knowing the basics of the English language.
Fastball translates in any language. So does curveball.
But not much else did for Tateyama, who was added to the Rangers' postseason roster for the American League Championship Series for a team that can wrap up a World Series trip with a victory in Game 6 Saturday night.
Tateyama, 35, has been his rookie year in the major leagues changing that. Tateyama has given himself a crash course in the English language. He's done it without books or tapes.
Instead, he's relied on studying the way his teammates talk and learning from them.
He's gotten good enough that he can conduct interviews in English, something that would have been impossible when he showed up at spring training in Surprise, Ariz., in February.
"I wanted to be able to talk to my teammates," Tateyama said. "That's why I did this. I speak English so I can communicate...