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Yanks ink veteran OF Fukudome to Minors deal

Yanks ink veteran OF Fukudome to Minors deal

Yanks ink veteran OF Fukudome to Minors deal
NEW YORK -- The Yankees have signed outfielder Kosuke Fukudome to a Minor League contract, and he is expected to report to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this weekend.

Fukudome, 35, opened the season with the Chicago White Sox, batting .171 with four RBIs in 24 games before being released on June 22.

"He'll go down to Triple-A, and if we feel that he can help us, I'm sure that's why we signed him," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "If there's a need, we'll use him. Right now, he probably needs to go play, but it gives us more depth."

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A native of Osaki, Japan, Fukudome owns a combined career .258 batting average with 42 home runs and 195 RBIs in 596 games over parts of five seasons with the Chicago Cubs (2008-11), Cleveland Indians (2011) and White Sox (2012) organizations.

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