Aoki homers, but former team has last laugh

/ Aug 7, 2017

Aoki homers, but former team has last laugh

Norichika Aoki hit a two-run homer against his former team Sunday for his first hit since being traded to the Toronto Blue Jays six days previously, but the visitors suffered a 7-6 walkoff defeat to the Houston Astros. With Toronto down 3-2 in the top ...

Aoki's three-run homer not enough for Astros

/ Jul 24, 2017

Aoki's three-run homer not enough for Astros

Norichika Aoki hit a three-run homer for the Houston Astros on Sunday, but his team lost 9-7 against the Baltimore Orioles. The Japanese left fielder, playing for the first time in four games, homered off starter Dylan Bundy with runners on first and second in ...

Aoki reaches 2,000-hit milestone

/ Jun 12, 2017

Aoki reaches 2,000-hit milestone

Houston Astros outfielder Norichika Aoki marked the 2,000th hit of his professional career in Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Angels, becoming the seventh Japanese to reach the number playing in Nippon Professional Baseball and the majors. The 35-year-old singled to left field in the ...

Aoki moves within two hits of career milestone

/ Jun 9, 2017

Aoki moves within two hits of career milestone

Outfielder Norichika Aoki went 1-for-3 Thursday to move within two hits of the 2,000 career-hit milestone as the Houston Astros beat the Kansas City Royals 6-1. Aoki singled off Royals starter and 15-game winner Jason Hammel in the sixth for his 1,998th career hit, including ...

Astros extend winning streak to 11 games

/ Jun 6, 2017

Astros extend winning streak to 11 games

The Houston Astros scored early and late to keep up their winning ways. Yuli Gurriel hit a three-run homer, Brian McCann had a two-run shot and the Astros beat the Kansas City Royals 7-3 on Monday night for their 11th straight win. It's the longest winning ...

Astros slug six home runs in rout of Twins

/ Jun 1, 2017

Astros slug six home runs in rout of Twins

Carlos Correa stood slack-jawed in the dugout as George Springer rounded the bases a second time Wednesday. Correa was unable to comprehend the force Springer must have needed to send the second-longest homer in the majors this season into the concourse above the second deck ...

Aoki's first three-hit game of year lifts Astros

/ Apr 26, 2017

Aoki's first three-hit game of year lifts Astros

Norichika Aoki had his first three-hit game of the season and drove in the game-tying run as the Houston Astros beat the Cleveland Indians 4-2 on Tuesday. Aoki tied the game at one with an RBI double in the fifth inning with no outs and ...

Aoki helps Astros edge Athletics

/ Apr 16, 2017

Aoki helps Astros edge Athletics

Norichika Aoki scored a run, drove in two and stole a base for the Houston Astros, who overcame a five-run deficit to beat the Oakland Athletics 10-6 on Saturday. Aoki singled and scored a run in Houston's two-run seventh inning, and delivered a tie-breaking sacrifice ...

Mar 18, 2017

Puerto Rico books spot in semifinals

Puerto Rico edged the United States 6-5 on Friday to advance to the semifinals of the World Baseball Classic as the top finisher in second-round Pool F. Puerto Rico, runner-up in the last WBC in 2013, will play the Netherlands in the first semifinal Monday ...

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 for ...