Swallows feast on Giants pitching in rout

Baseball / Japanese Baseball Apr 25, 2019

Swallows feast on Giants pitching in rout

Tetsuto Yamada and Wladimir Balentien each hit a pair of home runs, while Norichika Aoki went 4-for-4, as the Tokyo Yakult Swallows hammered the Yomiuri Giants 11-2 on Thursday. Former major leaguer Albert Suarez got the win in his first start for the Swallows. The ...

Baseball / MLB Oct 31, 2017

Veteran outfielder Norichika Aoki becomes a free agent

The New York Mets said Monday they have released outfielder Norichika Aoki after just two months, making him a free agent able to negotiate with any club. According to U.S. media reports, the Mets made space on the 40-man roster and their payroll by parting ...

Marlins light up Mets in rout

Baseball / MLB Sep 19, 2017

Marlins light up Mets in rout

Maybe it was the breather Giancarlo Stanton requested and received, or the move one spot down in the batting order that rejuvenated his home run swing. Perhaps it was Mets pitching. Stanton hit his 55th homer — and his first in nine days — while driving ...

Aoki to join Mets: source

Baseball / MLB Sep 2, 2017

Aoki to join Mets: source

Outfielder Norichika Aoki is on the verge of joining the New York Mets, an MLB source said Friday. Aoki began the season with the Houston Astros, but was traded on July 31 to the Toronto Blue Jays. On Tuesday, he was released by Toronto. The Mets ...

Aoki released by Blue Jays, becomes free agent

Baseball / MLB Aug 30, 2017

Aoki released by Blue Jays, becomes free agent

Japanese outfielder Norichika Aoki was granted his unconditional release by the Toronto Blue Jays, the American League club said Tuesday. Aoki was designated for assignment on Monday and cleared to become a free agent with the right to negotiate with any team, potentially a contending ...

Blue Jays designate Aoki for assignment

More Sports / Ice Hockey Aug 29, 2017

Blue Jays designate Aoki for assignment

Outfielder Norichika Aoki was designated for assignment to make room on the roster for a pitcher, the Toronto Blue Jays said Monday. In a corresponding move, reliever Leonel Campos was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo while the 35-year-old Aoki was deactivated after playing just 12 games ...