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Aoki Reports to Brewers Camp


 MARYVALE, Ariz. (AP) -- After seven full seasons as a star in Japan, Norichika Aoki feels like a rookie again.

   Aoki reported to the Milwaukee Brewers spring training camp Thursday and admitted to being a bit overwhelmed.

   "I feel like it's a brand-new feeling being able to play in this environment," Aoki said through an interpreter.

   Brewers manager Ron Roenicke listened to Aoki and quickly tried to make the 30-year-old outfielder comfortable.

   Aoki arrived two days before the first full-team workout Saturday.

   The Brewers are counting on him to add depth in an outfield that includes NL MVP Ryan Braun, who had his positive test for a banned substance overturned just hours after Aoki arrived in camp.

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