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Brewers' Aoki gives assessment of Lim

Brewers' Aoki gives assessment of Lim

Brewers' Aoki gives assessment of Lim

CHICAGO -- New reliever Chang-Yong Lim was a teammate of Brewers outfielder Norichika Aoki for three seasons in Japan, so who better to give a scouting report on the right-hander?

"He has a lot of confidence in his pitches," Aoki said through his interpreter prior to the Brewers/Cubs at Wrigley Field on Friday. "He wouldn't try to miss bats, he'd just go right after you."

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Before joining the Cubs, Lim spent 17 seasons pitching professionally in Korea (1996-2007) and Japan (2008-12). He also has pitched for Korea in a number of international events, helping his country to a bronze medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney and second place in the 2009 World Baseball Classic.

Will it be awkward if Aoki has to face Lim in a game?

"No. I'm a professional, he's a professional," Aoki said. "He wants to get me out, and I want to get a hit off him."

He smiled and added: "He's a nice guy."

That's always good to know.

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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