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10/5/2012: Hiroki Kuroda, Ichiro Suzuki, Norichika Aoki

by on Oct.05, 2012 @ 2:28 pm, under MLB

Takashi Saito (42) on 2013: "Retirement is not a word that comes to mind right now.  Honestly, I have no idea."  Source: Sponichi 10/5/2012

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Hisanori Takahashi on next season: "When I come to the US, I have trouble sleeping at night worrying about things.  I cannot return that easily.  I want to keep playing over here until I am satisfied."  Source: Sponichi 10/5/2012

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Ron Roenicke on Norichika Aoki (MIL) playing in the WBC: "Next year will be an important year for [Aoki].  It will be very important for him to attend spring training with the rest of his teammates. ... He may lose something by being away from the team.  I am sure he will prepare himself for the start of the season, but that is another issue."  Source: Sponichi 10/5/2012

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Munenori Kawasaki on next season: "I would like to play over here again.  This is just the start."  Source: Sponichi 10/5/2012

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The Yu Darvish (TEX) game on April 9 was the highest rated Rangers game on FOX Sports Southwest this season, via Rangers' press release:

During the 2012 season, the Rangers logged nine of their all-time Top 10 ratings on FOX Sports Southwest, led by a record 10.7 on April 9 for Yu Darvish's major league debut against the Seattle Mariners.

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Hiroki Kuroda media interview after Wednesday's game, via Sanspo:

This is your first champagne celebration since 2009.

It does not matter how many times I do this.  There were a lot more bottles of champagne that I thought.

They got on the board first, but you hung on.

There were not too many pitches I was happy with.  But the offense has been clicking, so I felt if I kept the team in the game, we might have another game like yesterday.

What about pitching under the pressure of the AL East title?

It did not feel that much different than other starts.  Once you get on the mound, you have to do the same kind of stuff.

How is the team atmosphere?

This is strong team and there are a lot of players here with championship experience, so it a different kind of atmosphere.

You struggled a little in September...

I am human so there will be good and bad times.  It is not just about chasing after the good times, but do your best with what you currently have.

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Ichiro Suzuki media interview after Wednesday's game, via Sanspo:

What did you think of the champagne celebration with the Yankees?

It was not as spectacular as I ... thought it was going to be.

The team managed to win the AL East.

Maybe we grew stronger without even knowing.  I do not know if that is what happens, but that is what I think happened.

This is your first playoff in eleven years.

Jeter said something about today being the last day of practice games.  Made me think.  Everyone on this team considers winning the division title as the first step.  This moment will become a thing of the past.  I want to look forward and make sure I take strong steps forward.

You arrived here partway through the season and the Yankees won a division title.

I think I would be feeling completely different if this were happening in Seattle.  I feel overly calm within all of this right now.

What did it feel like playing as a Yankee?

This team is always even-keeled.  They do get excited by winning, but there are not many ups and downs.  It is very stable.  Actually, I find this to be something very special.

And via Sponichi:

The champagne celebrations are now over...

I have cooled off now.  The most exciting part is over.  It was not that amazing.  It was not as big as I thought it was going to be.

It was a fierce battle.

Playing in games like this everyday, I think perhaps our strength grew without us even knowing.  I think that is the kind of games we played.

It seemed like you settle in fairly quickly.

I am not quite sure even know, but I came because I wanted to be a piece, no matter how small, they needed.  I feel relieved that we ended up on top of the AL East.

When did you think you were taking things calmly?

In terms of runs, it was after we knew we were going to win.  The manager asked if I wanted to leave the game before my at bat [in the 7th] but I said straight away that I wanted to hit.  And that made me think I was being my usual self.  It was after that that I got a hit so it made me really happy.  I guess it was that moment.

He was also quoted as saying, in a separate Sponichi article:

There is a part of me that is calm at this point.  When I see that part of me, it makes me feel that I have finally become a member of the Yankees.

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