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 ...

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 ...

Aug 28, 2016

Mariners send Aoki down, call Lee up

Outfielder Norichika Aoki was sent down to Triple-A Tacoma by the Seattle Mariners, the team announced Saturday. This is the second demotion this season for the 34-year-old Aoki, who will trade places on the Mariners’ active roster with former Orix Buffaloes and Fukuoka SoftBank ...

Mariners to send Aoki back to minors: source

Aug 27, 2016

Mariners to send Aoki back to minors: source

Seattle Mariners outfielder Norichika Aoki is set for a demotion to the minors for the second time this season, a team source revealed Friday after the Mariners’ 3-1 win over the Chicago White Sox. In his fifth season in the majors, Aoki in late ...

Hernandez, Aoki help carry M's past Brewers

Aug 21, 2016

Hernandez, Aoki help carry M's past Brewers

Seattle ace Felix Hernandez couldn’t pick a better time to be regaining his form. Hernandez pitched eight strong innings and Mike Zunino homered and drove in three runs to lift the Mariners to an 8-2 victory over Milwaukee on Saturday night, handing the Brewers ...

Mariners beat Jays in sweltering heat

Jul 24, 2016

Mariners beat Jays in sweltering heat

Hisashi Iwakuma worked six innings on Saturday to earn his 11th win of the season for the Seattle Mariners in a 14-5 thumping of the Toronto Blue Jays. Before 47,517 at Rogers Centre, Iwakuma (11-6) allowed two runs on four hits and three walks, ...

Mariners stage wild comeback against Padres

Jun 3, 2016

Mariners stage wild comeback against Padres

The Seattle Mariners struggled to explain how they erased a 10-run deficit in just two innings to stun the San Diego Padres 16-13 Thursday night. Likewise, the Padres were practically at a loss for words at how they could take such a face-plant. “I ...

Iwakuma rides run support to win

Jun 1, 2016

Iwakuma rides run support to win

Veteran right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma allowed three home runs but picked up his fourth win of the season as the Seattle Mariners crushed the San Diego Padres 16-4 on Tuesday. The 35-year-old Iwakuma (4-4) was perfect through four innings before giving up four runs on ...

Mariners rally past Reds in seventh

May 21, 2016

Mariners rally past Reds in seventh

Pinch-hit singles from Norichika Aoki and Lee Dae-ho helped the Seattle Mariners overturn a two-run, seventh-inning deficit in an 8-3 victory on Friday over the Cincinnati Reds as Hisashi Iwakuma won his second game of the season. With one on and no out in ...

Aoki miscue proves costly for Mariners

May 14, 2016

Aoki miscue proves costly for Mariners

Norichika Aoki put his foot down a few inches away from where he wanted it, just far enough to leave the Seattle Mariners wondering what might have been. The Mariners built a four-run lead after six innings, but C.J. Cron homered in the eighth ...

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 ...