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Castillo learning how to set up for Fujikawa

Castillo learning how to set up for Fujikawa

CHICAGO -- When Kyuji Fujikawa is pitching, watch where Cubs catcher Welington Castillo sets up behind the plate. You'll be able to tell when the right-hander is going to throw his fastball because Castillo holds his mitt high and centered.

It worked on Tuesday against the Brewers as Fujikawa picked up his second save, his first since taking over as the Cubs' closer for Carlos Marmol.

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"That means it works," Castillo said of his style.

Castillo didn't catch the Japanese pitcher much in Spring Training, but learned what Fujikawa wanted when they talked before a game. What if the hitter sees where Castillo is set and anticipates the pitch?

"They might know," Castillo said. "We can change it, too."

Fujikawa has a variety of other pitches, and Castillo is learning what the right-hander likes to throw in certain situations and how to set up for those, too.

"That's why this game is interesting," Castillo said.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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