Kuroda transcends language barrier

Dodgers teammates reveal the funny side of the seemingly introverted pitcher

Updated: July 28, 2010, 4:48 PM ET
By Andy Kamenetzky | ESPNLosAngeles.com

Hiroki Kuroda has been pitching for the Los Angeles Dodgers since 2008, and here's what most people know about him:

He's right-handed. He's wealthy. (His three-year contract with the Dodgers, expiring this year, is worth nearly $12 million per season.) He'll suffer through tough innings and stretches, but all in all, he's a fairly reliable member of the starting rotation.

From there, details grow scarcer.

It's hard to imagine that even hardcore blue-bleeders have gotten ...

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