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[9/8/2014] Sponichi interview with Hiroyuki Nakajima

by on Sep.09, 2014 @ 12:34 am, under MLB
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Sponichi posted the following interview with Hiroyuki Nakajima on September 3. This was before he got hurt.

On your season this year.

The year went by quickly. I wanted to make it back [to AAA] right away, but it ended so fast.

What was AA like?

With regards to practices at any level, I felt I just had to think of the positives that come from being able to try different things. I didn't really pay attention to winning and losing.

Did you learn anything new?

There were a number of things, in terms of hitting, in terms of how I should use my body. I got work in at second, as well as third, short, and first. Being able to play multiple positions was a good thing. I think it allowed me to see things differently.

Was the travel difficult?

I got used to it, to the point where I started thinking six hours wasn't all that bad. I didn't like the fourteen hour [trips].

How are you feeling?

To be honest, there were times when I kind of felt like I was losing motivation. There were also times when I questioned the environment.

Do you still feel like playing in the Majors?

I came because I wanted to play baseball in America. The field and atmosphere was good in every town I went visited, so that was fine. I thought if I was only going to be play in just a few games [at the Major League level], I might be better off not playing in any... But just getting a chance would be good too, so I thought about it both ways. I also don't want people talking about my NPB plus MLB totals if I somehow just managed a fluke hit in a chance outing.

Your old team Seibu has an interest in signing you.

I still have some time [to think]. Interest is better than no interest, so that makes me happy because it means I still have value. Regardless of what happens. After all, if I wanted to go back [to Japan and] there was no interest, I'd have to go to Taiwan or Mexico to play.

Source: Sponichi 9/3/2014

[9/6/2014] Hisashi Iwakuma, Tsuyoshi Wada, Hiroyuki Nakajima

by on Sep.06, 2014 @ 3:46 pm, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ichiro Suzuki NYY 9/5 KCR 1
NYY 0
RF 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 .281
Batted ninth. G5, G5, G6. Nikkan Sports 9/6/2014, Sponichi 9/6/2014, Sponichi 9/6/2014
Norichika Aoki KCR 9/5 KCR 1
NYY 0
RF 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 .265
Batted ninth. G6, 1B8 one RBI[34]-CS[6] (second base), G6. Replaced on defense in the bottom of the 6th. Nikkan Sports 9/6/2014, Sponichi 9/6/2014, Sponichi 9/6/2014
Munenori Kawasaki TOR 9/5 TOR 8
BOS 9
2B 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .266
Batted ninth. G4, G1. Replaced by a pinch-hitter in the top of the 7th. Nikkan Sports 9/6/2014, Sponichi 9/6/2014, Sponichi 9/6/2014

Pitchers

Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Hisashi Iwakuma SEA 9/5 SEA 7
TEX 5
84-61 23 5.1 7 3 3 1 5 0 2.97
Started the game. Left in the bottom of the 6th with a runner on second, one out, and Seattle up 7-2. Runner later came around to score. Got the win. (W, 14-6). Nikkan Sports 9/6/2014, Nikkan Sports 9/6/2014, Nikkan Sports 9/6/2014, Sponichi 9/6/2014, Sponichi 9/6/2014
Tsuyoshi Wada CHC 9/5
SUSP
PIT 3
CHC 3
72-42 17 3.1 3 3 2 1 2 0 2.95
Started the game. Left in the top of the 4th (left leg cramp) with a runner on second, one out, and the score tied at two. Runner on second later came around to score. Went 0-for-1 at the plate: F6. Nikkan Sports 9/6/2014, Sponichi 9/6/2014
Junichi Tazawa BOS 9/5 TOR 8
BOS 9
7-6 2 0.1 1 1 1 0 1 0 3.09
Entered the game in the top of the 10th with the score tied at six. Left after giving up a one-out single to Edwin Encarnacion. Runner later came around to score. Nikkan Sports 9/6/2014, Sponichi 9/6/2014, Sponichi 9/6/2014

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[9/5/2014] Junichi Tazawa, Koji Uehara, Ichiro Suzuki

by on Sep.05, 2014 @ 3:54 pm, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ichiro Suzuki NYY 9/4 BOS 4
NYY 5
RF 3 1 1 0 0 1 2 .284
Batted ninth. 1B7-R[35], Kl, L8(DP). Nikkan Sports 9/5/2014, Nikkan Sports 9/5/2014, Sponichi 9/5/2014
Munenori Kawasaki TOR 9/4 TOR 1
TBR 0
PH-2B 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .268
Entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the top of the 8th. Remained in the game as the second baseman. Fo5, F7. Nikkan Sports 9/5/2014, Sponichi 9/5/2014

Pitchers

Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Junichi Tazawa BOS 9/4 BOS 4
NYY 5
11-7 3 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.95
Entered the game in the bottom of the 8th with Boston up 4-3. Nikkan Sports 9/5/2014, Sponichi 9/5/2014, Sponichi 9/5/2014
Koji Uehara BOS 9/4 BOS 4
NYY 5
16-10 3 0.1 2 2 2 0 0 2 2.64
Entered the game in the bottom of the 9th with Boston up 4-3. Surrendered two home runs (Mark Teixeira and Chase Headley) and took the loss. (BS, 5)(L, 6-5). Nikkan Sports 9/5/2014, Sponichi 9/5/2014, Sponichi 9/5/2014

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[9/4/2014] Hiroki Kuroda, Ichiro Suzuki, Norichika Aoki

by on Sep.04, 2014 @ 5:00 pm, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ichiro Suzuki NYY 9/3 BOS 1
NYY 5
RF 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 .283
Batted ninth. F7, 1B8, L7, G4. Nikkan Sports 9/4/2014, Nikkan Sports 9/4/2014
Norichika Aoki KCR 9/3 TEX 1
KCR 4
RF 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 .264
Batted lead-off. G5, G1, bG1. Replaced on defense in the top of the 7th. Nikkan Sports 9/4/2014, Sponichi 9/4/2014
Hiroyuki Nakajima OAK 9/3 MRO 3
FRI 7
1B 2 1 1 0 0 0   .500
Batted eighth. 1B7-R[1], F3. Replaced on defense in the bottom of the 5th.

Pitchers

Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Hiroki Kuroda NYY 9/3 BOS 1
NYY 5
95-73 25 7.0 4 1 1 0 8 0 3.78
Started the game. Left after seven innings with New York up 3-1. Recorded the win. (W, 10-8). (HBP 1). Nikkan Sports 9/4/2014, Nikkan Sports 9/4/2014, Sponichi 9/4/2014, Sponichi 9/4/2014, MLB.com Highlights

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[9/1/2014] Hisashi Iwakuma, Munenori Kawasaki, Toru Murata

by on Sep.01, 2014 @ 8:26 pm, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ichiro Suzuki NYY 8/31 NYY 3
TOR 4
PR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .285
Entered the game as a pinch-runner for Jacoby Ellsbury. Nikkan Sports 9/1/2014, Sponichi 9/1/2014
Norichika Aoki KCR 8/31
SUSP
CLE 4
KCR 2
RF 4 1 1 0 0 1 1 .263
Batted lead-off. 1B5-R[56], F8, Ks, G4. Nikkan Sports 9/1/2014, Sponichi 9/1/2014, Sponichi 9/1/2014
Munenori Kawasaki TOR 8/31 NYY 3
TOR 4
2B 3 0 1 1 0 0 1 .275
Batted ninth. L3(DP), G3, 1B9 one RBI[12]. Replaced on defense in the top of the 8th. Nikkan Sports 9/1/2014, Sponichi 9/1/2014
Hiroyuki Nakajima OAK 8/31 MRO 9
FRI 12
3B 2 0 1 0 0 0   .266
Entered the game on defense at third in the bottom of the 7th. 1B9, F6.
Gosuke Katoh NYY 8/31 CRD 5
AUG 0
2B 4 0 0 0 0 2   .222
Batted seventh. Ks, G3, F7, Ks.

Pitchers

Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Hisashi Iwakuma SEA 8/31 WSN 3
SEA 5
86-57 23 6.0 5 3 3 0 6 3 2.90
Started the game. Gave up three runs on three home runs: Bryce Harper in the 2nd and 4th and Nate Schierholtz in the 3rd. Left after six innings with Seattle up 4-3. (W, 13-6). Nikkan Sports 9/1/2014, Nikkan Sports 9/1/2014, Sponichi 9/1/2014, Sponichi 9/1/2014, MLB.com Highlights
Toru Murata CLE 8/31 TOL 1
COL 5
  17 5.0 2 1 1 2 3 1 5.38
Started the game. Left after five innings with Columbus up 2-1. Got the win. (W,5-3). Sponichi 9/1/2014

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[8/31/2014] Tsuyoshi Wada, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Kyuji Fujikawa

by on Aug.31, 2014 @ 8:29 pm, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ichiro Suzuki NYY 8/30 NYY 0
TOR 2
RF 3 0 0 0 0 2 0 .285
Batted ninth. Ks, Ks, G5. Nikkan Sports 8/31/2014, Sponichi 8/31/2014
Norichika Aoki KCR 8/30 CLE 3
KCR 2
RF 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 .263
Batted lead-off. 1B7, L7, G4, G6. Replaced on defense in the top of the 9th. Nikkan Sports 8/31/2014, Nikkan Sports 8/31/2014, Sponichi 8/31/2014, Sponichi 8/31/2014
Munenori Kawasaki TOR 8/30 NYY 0
TOR 2
2B 3 0 0 0 0 2 1 .274
Batted second. Ks, Kl, G4. Replaced by a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the 8th. Nikkan Sports 8/31/2014, Sponichi 8/31/2014
Hiroyuki Nakajima OAK 8/30 MRO 6
FRI 5
1B 4 1 1 2 0 1   .264
Batted eighth. HR8[6] one RBI[30]-R[30], Kl, F7, G3, SF8 one RBI[31].

Pitchers

Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Tsuyoshi Wada CHC 8/30
Gm: 2
CHC 2
STL 13
87-53 26 6.0 5 4 3 3 3 1 2.79
Started the game. Surrendered a three-run home run to Matt Holliday in the 5th. Left after six innings with Chicago down 4-1. Took the loss. (L, 4-2). Went 0-for-2 at the plate: Kl, Ks. Nikkan Sports 8/31/2014, Nikkan Sports 8/31/2014, Sponichi 8/31/2014, MLB.com Highlights
Daisuke Matsuzaka NYM 8/30 PHI 7
NYM 2
39-24 8 2.0 1 1 1 2 2 0 4.21
Entered the game in the top of the 8th with New York down 6-2. Gave up a run in his second inning of work in the 9th. Nikkan Sports 8/31/2014, Nikkan Sports 8/31/2014, Sponichi 8/31/2014, Sponichi 8/31/2014
Kyuji Fujikawa CHC 8/30 CHC 2
STL 13
14-9 3 0.0 3 3 3 0 0 1 4.91
Entered the game in the bottom of the 8th with Chicago down 4-1. Yanked after giving up hits to the first three batters he faced: HR8, 1B7, 1B4. Left two runners on base, both later scored. (WP 1). Nikkan Sports 8/31/2014, Sponichi 8/31/2014

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[8/30/2014] Ichiro Suzuki, Norichika Aoki, Munenori Kawasaki

by on Aug.30, 2014 @ 10:42 pm, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ichiro Suzuki NYY 8/29 NYY 6
TOR 3
RF 4 1 1 0 0 0 2 .288
Batted eighth. G6, G4, 1B3-R[34], F5. Nikkan Sports 8/30/2014, Sponichi 8/30/2014
Norichika Aoki KCR 8/29 CLE 6
KCR 1
RF 5 0 1 0 0 0 2 .263
Batted lead-off. G6, L8, L9, F8, 1B7. Nikkan Sports 8/30/2014, Sponichi 8/30/2014
Munenori Kawasaki TOR 8/29 NYY 6
TOR 3
PH-2B 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .278
Entered the game as a pinch-hitter for Steve Tolleson in the bottom of the 8th. Remained in the game as the second baseman. 1B8. Nikkan Sports 8/30/2014, Sponichi 8/30/2014, Sponichi 8/30/2014
Hiroyuki Nakajima OAK 8/29 MRO 3
SAN 2
1B 4 0 1 1 0 1   .264
Batted eighth. 1B8 one RBI[29], F9, F8, K (foul bunt).
Gosuke Katoh NYY 8/29 CRD 6
AUG 1
2B 4 0 0 0 1 4   .224
Batted eighth. Ks, BB-SB[20] (second base), Kl, Ks, Ks.

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[8/29/2014] Hiroki Kuroda, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Kyuji Fujikawa

by on Aug.29, 2014 @ 3:59 pm, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ichiro Suzuki NYY 8/28 NYY 2
DET 3
PH-RF 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .288
Entered the game as a pinch-hitter for Zelous Wheeler in the top of the 8th. Remained in the game as a the right fielder. Ks. Nikkan Sports 8/29/2014, Sponichi 8/29/2014
Norichika Aoki KCR 8/28 MIN 11
KCR 5
RF 3 0 1 0 1 0 2 .264
Batted lead-off. 1B6, G4, F8, BB. Replaced on defense in the top of the 8th. Nikkan Sports 8/29/2014, Sponichi 8/29/2014
Hiroyuki Nakajima OAK 8/28 MRO 1
SAN 2
PR 0 0 0 0 0 0   .264
Entered the game as a pinch-hitter for D'Arby Myers in the top of the 9th.
Gosuke Katoh NYY 8/28 CAP 0
CRD 10
2B 3 1 0 1 1 1   .227
Batted seventh. F8, G4, BB-R[58], SF8 one RBI[37], Ks.

Pitchers

Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Hiroki Kuroda NYY 8/28 NYY 2
DET 3
91-58 26 7.0 4 2 2 1 4 0 3.88
Started the game. Left after seven innings with the game tied at two. Nikkan Sports 8/29/2014, Sponichi 8/29/2014, Sponichi 8/29/2014, MLB.com Highlight
Daisuke Matsuzaka NYM 8/28 ATL 6
NYM 1
20-14 6 0.2 4 3 3 0 0 1 4.20
Entered the game in the top of the 9th with New York down 3-1. Gave up three runs on a two-homer to Ryan Doumit and an RBI single to Emilio Bonifacio. Left with a runner on first, two out, and New York down 6-1. Nikkan Sports 8/29/2014, Nikkan Sports 9/29/2014, Sponichi 8/29/2014
Kyuji Fujikawa CHC 8/28 CHC 2
CIN 7
22-16 5 1.0 2 0 0 0 2 0 1.23
Entered the game in the bottom of the 8th with Chicago down 7-0. Nikkan Sports 8/29/2014, Sponichi 8/29/2014

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[8/28/2014] Norichika Aoki, Kyuji Fujikawa, Junichi Tazawa

by on Aug.28, 2014 @ 5:35 pm, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ichiro Suzuki NYY 8/27 NYY 8
DET 4
RF 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .289
Entered the game as a defensive replacement for Carlos Beltran in right in the bottom of the 7th. 1B2. Nikkan Sports 8/28/2014, Nikkan Sports 8/28/2014, Sponichi 8/28/2014, Sponichi 8/28/2014
Norichika Aoki KCR 8/27 MIN 1
KCR 6
RF 4 1 2 1 0 0 1 .264
Batted lead-off. 1B3, G4, F6, 1B7 one RBI[32]-R[55]. Was replaced on defense in the top of the 9th. Nikkan Sports 8/28/2014, Sponichi 8/28/2014
Munenori Kawasaki TOR 8/27 BOS 2
TOR 5
2B 2 0 0 0 0 1 2 .275
Batted ninth. Kl, G6, SH1. Nikkan Sports 8/28/2014, Sponichi 8/28/2014
Hiroyuki Nakajima OAK 8/27 MRO 2
SAN 1
2B 3 0 1 0 0 0   .264
Batted eighth. L4, F9, 1B7.
Gosuke Katoh NYY 8/27 CAP 0
CRD 8
2B 3 1 1 0 1 2   .228
Batted seventh. Ks, Kl, BB-SB[19] (second base)-R[57], 1B9.

Pitchers

Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Junichi Tazawa BOS 8/27 BOS 2
TOR 5
19-10 6 1.0 2 2 1 0 0 1 3.05
Entered the game in the bottom of the 7th with runners on second and third, no out, and Boston up 2-1. Allowed both inherited runners to score on the third pitch he threw to the first batter he faced (Danny Valencia). Nikkan Sports 8/28/2014, Sponichi 8/28/2014, Sponichi 8/28/2014
Kyuji Fujikawa CHC 8/27 CHC 5
CIN 7
15-10 5 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1.42
Entered the game in the bottom of the 7th with Chicago down 6-2. (HBP 1). Nikkan Sports 8/28/2014, Sponichi 8/28/2014, Sponichi 8/28/2014
Toru Murata CLE 8/27 COL 9
TOL 4
97-59 26 5.0 8 4 4 3 3 1 5.64
Started the game. Left after five innings with Columbus up 8-4. Got the win. (W, 4-3). (WP 1). Nikkan Sports 8/28/2014

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[8/27/2014] Junichi Tazawa, Munenori Kawasaki, Ichiro Suzuki

by on Aug.27, 2014 @ 6:01 pm, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ichiro Suzuki NYY 8/26 NYY 2
DET 5
LF 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 .287
Batted ninth. 1B6, G4, G4. His hit in the top of the 3rd was the 4,100th hit of his NPB (1,278) + MLB (2,822) career. The hit also moved him into sole possession of 13th, past Hank Aaron, on the all-time singles list with 2,295. Nikkan Sports 8/27/2014, Sponichi 8/27/2014, Sponichi 8/27/2014
Munenori Kawasaki TOR 8/26 BOS 11
TOR 7
2B 4 1 3 1 0 0 1 .277
Batted ninth. 1B9-R[25], 1B9 one RBI[11], 2B9[6], HBP, G6. Nikkan Sports 8/27/2014, Nikkan Spots 8/27/2014, Sponichi 8/27/2014
Hiroyuki Nakajima OAK 8/26 MRO 4
SAN 3
1B 4 0 2 0 0 2   .263
Batted eighth. 1B8, Ks, Ks, 1B7.
Gosuke Katoh NYY 8/26 CAP 2
CRD 1
2B 2 0 0 0 2 0   .228
Batted second. F9, G1b, BB, BB.

Pitchers

Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Junichi Tazawa BOS 8/26 BOS 11
TOR 7
12-7 4 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2.95
Entered the game in the bottom of the 10th with the scored tied at four. Picked up the victory. (W, 3-3). Nikkan Sports 8/27/2014, Sponichi 8/27/2014, Sponichi 8/27/2014

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