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SHOTLIST:

THE YOMIURI SHIMBUN - NO ACCESS JAPAN

Sendai, Japan - September 13, 2013

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1. STILL PHOTO of Masahiro Tanaka

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Sendai, Japan - November 3, 2013

2. STILL PHOTO of Masahiro Tanaka

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New York - January 22, 2014

3. SOUNDBITE (English) Donald Castillo, Yankees Fan (Transcript Below)

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Sendai, Japan - October 27, 2013

4. STILL PHOTO of Masahiro Tanaka

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Sendai, Japan - November 3, 2013

5. STILL PHOTO of Masahiro Tanaka

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New York - January 22, 2014

6. SOUNDBITE (English) Alberto Cruz, Yankees Fan (Transcript Below)

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Sendai, Japan - October 27, 2013

7. STILL PHOTO of Masahiro Tanaka

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New York - January 22, 2014

8. SOUNDBITE (English) Kaoriko Kuge, Fujisankei Communications International (Transcript Below)

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Washington - January 22, 2014

9. FULL SCREEN GRAPHIC showing Tanaka, Ellsbury, McCann, and Beltran

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New York - January 22, 2014

10. SOUNDBITE (English) Donald Castillo, Yankees Fan (Transcript Below)

11. Tilt of Yankees statue

12. Zoom of Yankees stadium

VOICE-OVER SCRIPT:

THE NEW YORK YANKEES AND PRIZED JAPANESE PITCHER MASAHIRO TANAKA HAVE AGREED TO A 155 MILLION DOLLAR, SEVEN-YEAR CONTRACT.

THE YANKEES MUST ALSO PAY A 20 MILLION DOLLAR FEE TO THE RIGHT-HANDER'S JAPANESE TEAM, THE RAKUTEN GOLDEN EAGLES.

SOUNDBITE (English) Donald Castillo, Yankees Fan:

"Hopefully he'll do good for us and hopefully he'll make some shine for us, and shine bright like a diamond for us."

BIG LEAGUE TEAMS HAD UNTIL FRIDAY TO REACH AN AGREEMENT WITH TANAKA --

WHO WAS 24-0 WITH A 1.27 ERA LAST YEAR AS THE GOLDEN EAGLES WON THE JAPAN SERIES TITLE.

SOUNDBITE (English) Alberto Cruz, Yankees Fan:

"I hope he can go undefeated here, you know what I mean?"

IT'S THE HIGHEST CONTRACT FOR AN INTERNATIONAL FREE AGENT.

HIS SIGNING IS BIG NEWS IN HIS NATIVE JAPAN.

SOUNDBITE (English) Kaoriko Kuge, Fujisankei Communications International:

"Japan is just so thrilled. They are going crazy over this and I have a feeling a lot of people are going to be coming to New York just to watch him play at New York Yankees."

TANAKA CAPS AN OFFSEASON THAT SAW THE YANKEES ADD JACOBY ELLSBURY, BRIAN MCCANN AND CARLOS BELTRAN.

THE FOUR BIG DEALS TOTALED 438 MILLION DOLLARS.

SOUNDBITE (English) Donald Castillo, Yankees Fan:

"I believe its well worth it. Its fors good quality players. Hopefully Beltran and everybody else follows up with a good year."

THE SIGNING PUSHES THE YANKEES PAYROLL TO JUST OVER 200 MILLION DOLLARS --

EXCEEDING THE 189 MILLION DOLLAR THRESHOLD FOR THE 2014 SEASON.

SIGOUT - Bob McCall/Associated Press

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