Aoki strikes decisive blow

Apr 21, 2016

Aoki strikes decisive blow

Norichika Aoki delivered a two-run triple that proved to be the difference as the Seattle Mariners beat the Cleveland Indians 2-1 on Wednesday. The veteran leadoff man’s big two-out triple came in the second inning, when he pulled a 2-1 fastball from Indians starter ...

Tanaka outduels former teammate Iwakuma

Apr 18, 2016

Tanaka outduels former teammate Iwakuma

Masahiro Tanaka had his best game of the season to beat Hisashi Iwakuma in a Japanese pitchers’ duel and post his first win as the New York Yankees ended their losing streak after four games with a 4-3 victory over the Seattle Mariners on ...

Apr 14, 2016

Lee connects on walk-off homer to lift Mariners

Norichika Aoki extended his hitting streak to eight games and former Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks slugger Lee Dae-ho hit a two-run walk-off home run in the 10th inning, as the Seattle Mariners beat the Texas Rangers 4-2 for their first home win of the season ...

Mariners win big as tempers flare

Apr 6, 2016

Mariners win big as tempers flare

Scott Servais got a beer shower in the Seattle clubhouse and had a champagne bottle sitting on his desk after his first win as a big league skipper. The victory came with a little bonus — the manager’s first chance to show his players ...

Aoki making progress before fifth season in majors

Mar 14, 2016

Aoki making progress before fifth season in majors

Norichika Aoki said he is finding his feet at the plate on Sunday after going 2-for-2 in a preseason game for the Seattle Mariners. Aoki, who is starting his fifth season in the majors with his fourth club, had a single, a double, a ...

Tanaka looks sharp in first simulated game

Mar 3, 2016

Tanaka looks sharp in first simulated game

New York Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka overwhelmed minor leaguers in his first simulated game of the spring camp on Wednesday, striking out five of six batters with his 30 pitches. “It was better than I was expecting. I’m satisfied,” said Tanaka, who started with ...

Iwakuma, Aoki display easy rapport in Mariners camp

Mar 2, 2016

Iwakuma, Aoki display easy rapport in Mariners camp

Seattle Mariners’ right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma showed Tuesday just how much he appreciates having former Japan teammate Norichika Aoki with him in camp this year. “I’m really looking forward to playing with him and it’s heartening,” Iwakuma said about his close friend, who is also ...

Aoki eyes big impact on return to American League

Jan 17, 2016

Aoki eyes big impact on return to American League

Outfielder Norichika Aoki said Sunday he wants to return to the American League with a bang this year. “I want to win an individual title this year, either a batting or stolen base crown,” the 34-year-old Aoki said after training in Tokyo. Aoki signed ...

Mariners sign Aoki to one-year deal

Dec 4, 2015

Mariners sign Aoki to one-year deal

The Seattle Mariners announced the signing of outfielder Norichika Aoki to a one-year contract on Thursday. The 33-year-old Aoki is the ninth Japanese player to sign with Seattle. According to CBSSports.com, his deal will pay him $5.5 million next year and includes a mutual ...

Aoki on move again, to join Mariners on one-year deal

Dec 3, 2015

Aoki on move again, to join Mariners on one-year deal

The Seattle Mariners’ ongoing roster makeover now includes outfielder Norichika Aoki. The Mariners and the free agent outfielder have reached agreement on a contract for the 2016 season pending a physical, according to two people with knowledge of the deal. They spoke to AP ...

Dec 1, 2015

Mariners want to sign Aoki: report

The Seattle Mariners have added free agent Norichika Aoki to their list of acquisition targets for next season, The News Tribune said Monday. According to the Tacoma-based newspaper, the 33-year-old San Francisco Giants left fielder, who finished the season on the disabled list due ...

Giants decline Aoki's option

Nov 5, 2015

Giants decline Aoki's option

The San Francisco Giants declined their 2016 contract options on outfielders Nori Aoki and Marlon Byrd. Both players became free agents Wednesday night, but the Giants left open the possibility of bringing them back later in the offseason. General manager Bobby Evans made the ...