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Fukudome satisfied with at-bats

Fukudome satisfied with at-bats

MESA, Ariz. -- Kosuke Fukudome is batting .229 this spring, but he's not concerned about the numbers, just the quality of at-bats.

The Cubs outfielder went 2-for-4 with a walk in Saturday's 8-8 tie against the White Sox, and he had much better at-bats. Both of his hits were to the opposite field, which is something that has worked for the Japanese outfielder in the past.

"I'm not concerned about the numbers, and if I'm able to do what I can do in one particular at-bat, I feel satisfied," Fukudome said. "I'm at where I want to be."

Cubs manager Lou Piniella considered moving Fukudome from the fifth spot in the lineup to the No. 2 hole, but has decided to keep his left-handed bat behind Aramis Ramirez to break up the overload of right-handers. What does Fukudome want to do?

"It doesn't make a difference," he said, through interpreter Ryuji Araki.

Fukudome isn't the only one who hasn't posted impressive numbers this spring. Derrek Lee was batting .184 and Mark DeRosa was hitting .207.

"I'll tell you this, we've got a little ways to go before the season starts," Piniella said. "I know if you talk to our guys, they'll tell you they're ready to go. I don't think another three, four games of at-bats will do them any harm."

Saturday was Fukudome's second glimpse at the Cubs' rivalry with their intracity foes, the White Sox. A sellout crowd of 12,859 jammed HoHoKam Park on Saturday.

"It's very noisy, and I enjoyed it," he said.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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