Aoki homers, but former team has last laugh

Baseball / MLB 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 excited to join teammates ahead of WBC

Baseball 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 ...

Samurai Japan adds Astros' Aoki to WBC roster

Baseball Dec 21, 2016

Samurai Japan adds Astros' Aoki to WBC roster

by Kaz Nagatsuka

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 something ...

Baseball / MLB 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 annual ...

Baseball / MLB 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 Major ...

Baseball 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 league ...