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Likeable Fruto Having Breakout 2005

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Every class has its clown, and likewise, so does every ballclub. The Missions fill that role with five-year pro Emiliano Fruto, a dance-crazy Columbian pitcher who resides on the far side of normal.

"I like to keep everyone loose and have a good time out on the mound," Fruto said through an interpreter. "Some like it, and some don't – they think I'm nuts, but I am who I am. That's the way I've always been." A loose and energetic approach to the game, not to mention shedding 30 pounds in the off-season (down to a slim 230), has helped the youngster improve on last year's quality outing with...

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