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Lewis makes unfamiliar trip back

Pitcher makes the rare move to leave for Japan, then come back to the majors

Originally Published: February 2, 2010
By Tim Kurkjian | ESPN The Magazine

When Bobby Valentine, the former manager of the Chiba Lotte in Japan, would see Marty Brown, the manager of the Hiroshima Carp, he would casually ask him before a game, "How are you doing?" Brown would reflexively answer, "I'd be better if Colby Lewis was pitching."

That's how good Lewis was for two years in Japan. And that's why, when he became a free agent in the Japanese League on Dec. 31, 12 or 13 major league teams wanted to talk to him, and it's why the Texas Rangers signed him to ...

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