Aoki excited to join teammates ahead of WBC

Feb 28, 2017

Aoki excited to join teammates ahead of WBC

Norichika Aoki, the sole major leaguer on the Japan national team roster for the upcoming World Baseball Classic, said Monday he is mentally ready for action but may need time to reset his sleep cycle. The 35-year-old, who was released by the Houston Astros ...

Manfred hits Cards hard over hacking scandal

Jan 31, 2017

Manfred hits Cards hard over hacking scandal

The St. Louis Cardinals were stripped of their top two picks in this year’s amateur draft Monday and ordered to give them to Houston along with $2 million as compensation for hacking the Astros’ email system and scouting database, the final step in an ...

Samurai Japan adds Astros' Aoki to WBC roster

Dec 21, 2016

Samurai Japan adds Astros' Aoki to WBC roster

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Houston Astros outfielder Norichika Aoki has been added to the Samurai Japan roster for next spring’s World Baseball Classic, the team announced on Wednesday. The Japan national team revealed the first 18 players chosen for the roster a day earlier. The 19th man brings ...

Dec 7, 2016

Astros skipper looks to Aoki for balance

Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch expressed hope Tuesday that Norichika Aoki’s contact hitting will be a plus to his boom-or-bust offense. The Japanese outfielder signed with the Astros this offseason after the American League club claimed him on waivers. Speaking to reporters at baseball’s ...

Beltran reaches deal with Astros

Dec 4, 2016

Beltran reaches deal with Astros

Carlos Beltran is headed back to Houston, hoping his 20th season in the majors could bring him — and the Astros — a most elusive World Series championship. A person familiar with the deal told AP on Saturday that the free agent slugger and ...

Nov 4, 2016

Astros claim Aoki off waiver wire

The Houston Astros have acquired outfielder Norichika Aoki, the American League club said Thursday. The 34-year-old Aoki, who bats left-handed, joined the Astros as a waiver claim from the Seattle Mariners and will be playing for his fifth team in his sixth season in ...

Oct 28, 2016

Hillman to manage SK Wyverns

The SK Wyverns, one of 10 Korea Baseball Organization franchises, signed a two-year contract with former Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters manager Trey Hillman, Yonhap News Agency reported Thursday. According to the report, the 53-year-old American becomes the first manager in the Korean professional baseball ...

Ex-Cardinals executive gets four years for Astros hack

Jul 19, 2016

Ex-Cardinals executive gets four years for Astros hack

A federal judge sentenced the former scouting director of the St. Louis Cardinals to nearly four years in prison Monday for hacking the Houston Astros’ player personnel database and email system in an unusual case of high-tech cheating involving two Major League Baseball clubs. ...