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[9/19/2013] Norichika Aoki, Hisashi Iwakuma, Junichi Tazawa, Koji Uehara

by on Sep.19, 2013 @ 3:31 pm, under MLB

From September 18:

Hitters

Player Tm Last Gm Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG Other
Norichika Aoki MIL 9/18 CHC 0
MIL 7
RF 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 .280 Batted lead-off. G5, G4, HBP (SB[19]; SB[20]; R), F8. Made a nice catch on a sinking liner in the top of the 1st.
Munenori Kawasaki TOR 9/18 NYY 4
TOR 3
PH/DH 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .224 Entered the game as a pinch-hitter for Moises Sierra in the bottom of the 9th. G3bf.
Hiroyuki Nakajima OAK 9/2 DNP                    
Hirotoshi Onaka TEX 8/31 DNP                    
Ichiro Suzuki NYY 9/18 NYY 4
TOR 3
RF 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .264 Entered the game as a defensive replacement in right in the bottom of the 8th. 1B9.
Gosuke Katoh NYY 8/29 DNP                    
Kensuke Tanaka SF 9/2 DNP                    

Pitchers

Player Tm Last Gm Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA Other
Yu Darvish TEX 9/14 DNP                     Next start: September 19 vs Rays. ... His advisory contract with ASIC includes everything, from gloves, cleats, bats, running shoes, and training wear. [Nikkan Sports 9/19/2013]
Kyuji Fujikawa CHC 5/26 DNP                      
Hisashi Iwakuma SEA 9/18 SEA 8
DET 0
105-72 30 8.0 4 0 0 2 6 0 2.76 Left the game in the bottom of the 9th with Seattle up 8-0. (WP 1, IBB 1). (W, 13-6). [MLB highlights]
Hiroki Kuroda NYY 9/13 DNP                     Next start: September 19 vs Blue Jays.
Daisuke Matsuzaka NYM 9/14 DNP                     Next start: September 20 vs Phillies.
Toru Murata CLE 9/1 DNP                      
Hideki Okajima OAK 9/1 DNP                      
Hisanori Takahashi COL 8/29 DNP                      
Yoshinori Tateyama NYY 8/31 DNP                      
Junichi Tazawa BOS 9/18 BAL 5
BOS 3
17-12 4 1.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 2.70 Entered the game in the top of the 8th with a runner on first, two out, and the score tied at three.
Koji Uehara BOS 9/18 BAL 5
BOS 3
12-9 3 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.16 Entered the game in the top of the 10th with the score tied at three.
Tsuyoshi Wada BAL 8/31 DNP                      

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The LA Times' Mike DiGiovanna feels the Angels might have a strong interest in Rakuten Masahiro Tanaka.  A snip:

... The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Tanaka, who features a 94-mph fastball, sharp slider and a superb split-fingered fastball, won't come cheap. If the Eagles, as expected, post Tanaka, it could cost a major league team $25 million or more just to obtain the rights to negotiate a deal with him.

Tanaka, 24, could be worth it. Two scouts who have seen Tanaka pitch but are not authorized to speak publicly about him said that although Tanaka might not be in Texas ace Yu Darvish's class, he could be as good as or better than Hiroki Kuroda, who is 68-68 with a 3.37 earned-run average in six big league seasons.

"I don't think he has the creativity and the multiple weapons of Darvish, but Kuroda is a really good comparison," one scout said. "He has three good pitches, and his splitter is a legitimate out pitch."

Source: LA Times 9/16/2013 via Sponichi 9/19/2013

The Dodgers are also interested.  From ESPNLosAngeles.com's Mark Saxon:

The Dodgers, like the Angels, have scouted Japanese right-handed pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, according to a source. Tanaka is 21-0 with a 1.24 ERA for the Rakuten Eagles and he could benefit from what is a mediocre crop of free-agent pitchers on the market this fall.

... Speculation is that teams could have to pay $25 million or more to Tanaka’s team just to win the right to negotiate with him.

Source: ESPN 9/17/2013

MLB teams that have sent scouts to check on Tanaka: Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers, Angels, Rangers, Mets, Braves, Mariners, Padres, Nationals, Giants, and Brewers.

Source: Sanspo 9/19/2013

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