Aoki sparks Giants in victory

Apr 9, 2015

Aoki sparks Giants in victory

Chris Heston plunked the first batter he faced and compounded it by throwing the ball into right field while trying to pick him off. The two-base error led to a run, not exactly the start a pitcher going for his first big league win ...

Aoki starts work with Giants

Feb 25, 2015

Aoki starts work with Giants

Nori Aoki has reconsidered his original plan to wrestle big ace Madison Bumgarner. “Maybe after practice,” he cracked, chuckling while sitting at his locker before the San Francisco Giants hit the field for their first full-squad workout. A few hours later after seeing Bumgarner ...

Aoki finalizes move to World Series champion Giants

Jan 21, 2015

Aoki finalizes move to World Series champion Giants

Norichika Aoki is offering a bold challenge to World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner, one of his new San Francisco Giants teammates. “I’ve heard that Madison likes to wrestle, I think I’m going to initiate the wrestling,” the left fielder joked Tuesday. Aoki brings more ...

Aoki joining Giants

Jan 17, 2015

Aoki joining Giants

After losing to the San Francisco Giants in the World Series, Norichika Aoki has joined them. The free agent outfielder agreed Friday to a $4.7 million, one-year contract with San Francisco, a person with knowledge of the agreement said. The person spoke on condition ...

Gritty Royals force Game 7

Oct 29, 2014

Gritty Royals force Game 7

A couple hundred fans stood behind the Royals dugout for more than a half-hour after the final out, screaming and waving white rally towels. Bring on Game 7! Yordano Ventura, a 23-year-old rookie pitching with a heavy heart and the initials of late St. ...

Giants, Royals eye MLB crown

Oct 18, 2014

Giants, Royals eye MLB crown

Alex Gordon, Lorenzo Cain and the go-go-go Kansas City Royals played perfect ball to zip through the playoffs. Plus, they recently flattened Buster Posey and his Giants. So how come this bunch that’s rapidly become a fan favorite all across the country isn’t the ...

Royals reach World Series

Oct 16, 2014

Royals reach World Series

James Shields led thousands of fans in a celebratory chant. Lorenzo Cain pranced along the warning track, cradling his newborn son. Ned Yost finally allowed himself to smile. After nearly three decades spent as one of the game’s biggest laughingstocks, the Kansas City Royals ...

Royals edge Orioles to move to brink of World Series

Oct 15, 2014

Royals edge Orioles to move to brink of World Series

Norichika Aoki helped set up the decisive run for the Kansas City Royals in Tuesday’s 2-1 win over the Baltimore Orioles in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series. The win before a noisy crowd of 40,183 at Kansas City’s Kauffman Stadium put ...

Royals outlast O's in opener

Oct 11, 2014

Royals outlast O's in opener

Alex Gordon had already compiled a career’s worth of playoff memories when he stepped to the plate in the 10th inning of a tie game. Given the Kansas City Royals’ success rate in extra innings this postseason, what happened next was almost inevitable. Gordon ...

Royals finish Angels to advance to ALCS

Oct 6, 2014

Royals finish Angels to advance to ALCS

Almost an hour had passed, and the postgame party had moved from the field to the Kansas City clubhouse, where victory champagne was once again flowing. Yet as sheets of rain fell at Kauffman Stadium, thousands of celebrating Royals fans refused to leave. They ...

Aoki, Royals win wild-card thriller

Oct 1, 2014

Aoki, Royals win wild-card thriller

Norichika Aoki tied the American League wild-card playoff game with a ninth-inning sacrifice fly for the Kansas City Royals, who repeatedly came from behind before beating the Oakland Athletics 9-8 on Tuesday on Salvador Perez’s game-winning hit in 12 innings to advance in the ...

Royals nab playoff spot

Sep 27, 2014

Royals nab playoff spot

Norichika Aoki tripled in the first run of the game on Friday for the Kansas City Royals, who clinched their first postseason berth in 29 years with a 3-1 win over the Chicago White Sox. The win clinched at least a spot in the ...