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[7/1/2015] Koji Uehara, Hisashi Iwakuma, Ichiro Suzuki

by on Jul.01, 2015 @ 5:18 pm, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ichiro Suzuki MIA 6/30 SFG 3
MIA 5
RF 2 1 0 0 1 0 4 .263
Batted eighth. Results: G6f-R[17], G1, BB, SH2. Nikkan Sports 7/1/2015, Sponichi 7/1/2015.
Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Munenori Kawasaki TOR 6/30 GWI 4
BUF 1
2B 3 0 2 0 0 1   .227
Entered the game on defense at second in the top of the 7th. Results: Kl, 1B8-SB[5], 1B8. Sponichi 7/1/2015.
Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Gosuke Katoh NYY 6/30 JCY 8
PUL 2
DH 2 0 1 0 2 1   .182
Batted fifth. Results: Ks, BB, 1B8, BB.

Pitchers

Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Koji Uehara BOS 6/30 BOS 4
TOR 3
12-9 3 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.89
Entered the game in the bottom of the 9th with Boston up 4-3. Recorded the save (18). Nikkan Sports 7/1/2015, Sponichi 7/1/2015. MLB.tv: Uehara earns the save.
Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Hisashi Iwakuma SEA 6/30 LVG 4
TAC 8
82-57 23 5.2 5 1 1 1 6 0 0.93
Started the game. Left the game in the top of the 6th with a runner on first, two out, and Tacoma up 8-1. Picked up the victory (1-0). Nikkan Sports 7/1/2015, Sponichi 7/1/2015.

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[6/26/2015] Ichiro Suzuki, Hisashi Iwakuma

by on Jun.26, 2015 @ 5:20 pm, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ichiro Suzuki MIA 6/25 STL 5
MIA 1
CF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .276
Entered the game as a defensive replacement in center in the top of the 7th. Results: G4. Nikkan Sports 6/26/2015, Sponichi 6/26/2015.
Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Gosuke Katoh NYY 6/25 DNV 2
PUL 8
2B 3 1 1 1 2 2   .200
Batted fifth. Results: BB, Kl, 1B4 one RBI[1]-PO, BB-R[2], Kl.

Pitchers

Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Hisashi Iwakuma SEA 6/25 REN 0
TAC 1
68-47 15 4.0 3 0 0 1 4 0 0.00
Started the game. Pitched four full innings and left the game with no score. Second rehab game. Nikkan Sports 6/26/2015.

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[6/21/2015] Ichiro Suzuki, Norichika Aoki, Hisashi Iwakuma

by on Jun.21, 2015 @ 11:16 pm, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ichiro Suzuki MIA 6/20 MIA 5
CIN 0
PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .290
Entered the game as a pinch-hitter for Carter Capps in the top of the 9th. Replaced by A. J. Ramos in the bottom of the 9th. Result: G4. Sponichi 6/21/2015, Nikkan Sports 6/21/2015.
Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Norichika Aoki SFG 6/20 SFG 6
LAD 2
LF 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .317
Batted lead-off. Result: HBP-R[33]. Aoki took an HBP off his left ankle in the 1st, but stayed in the game to run the bases. He did not return to the field on defense. Sponichi 6/21/2015, Nikkan Sports 6/21/2015.

Pitchers

Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Hisashi Iwakuma SEA 6/20 EUG 4
EVE 10
56-? 15 3.2 3 1 1 0 3 1 2.45
Started the game. Left in the top of the 4th with a runner on second, two out, and the game tied at one. Nikkan Sports 6/21/2015.

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[4/25/2015] Ichiro Suzuki, Koji Uehara, Hisashi Iwakuma

by on Apr.25, 2015 @ 6:38 pm, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Norichika Aoki SFG 4/24 SFG 4
COL 6
PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .311
Entered the game as a pinch-hitter for Yusmeiro Petit in the top of the 9th. Results: Ks. Sponichi 4/25/2015, Nikkan Sports 4/25/2015.
Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ichiro Suzuki MIA 4/24 WSH 2
MIA 3
LF 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 .263
Batted seventh. Results: L3, 1B6-R[6], G3. Ichiro tied Sadaharu Oh's NPB record with his 1,967 career NPB (658) + MLB (1,309) run. Sponichi 4/25/2015, Nikkan Sports 4/25/2015, Nikkan Sports 4/25/2015.
Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Gosuke Katoh NYY 4/24 SAV 0
CRD 1
2B 3 0 0 0 0 1   .156
Batted sixth. Results: F8, G1, Ks.

Pitchers

Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Junichi Tazawa BOS 4/24 BOS 7
BAL 5
18-12 5 1.0 2 1 1 0 0 1 1.00
Entered the game in the bottom of the 8th with Boston up 7-4. He picked up a hold (4). Sponichi 4/25/2015, Nikkan Sports 4/25/2015.
Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Koji Uehara BOS 4/24 BOS 7
BAL 5
23-16 5 1.0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0.00
Entered the game in the bottom of the 9th with Boston up 7-5. He recorded a save (3). Sponichi 4/25/2015, Nikkan Sports 4/25/2015. MLB.tv highlight.
Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Toru Murata CLE 4/24 LOU 7
COL 11
70-40 15 3.0 3 4 4 4 0 0 4.00
Started the game. Left the game after three innings with Columbus down 4-3. Did not factor into the decision Sponichi 4/25/2015, Nikkan Sports 4/25/2015.

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[4/21/2015] Hisashi Iwakuma, Junichi Tazawa, Kyuji Fujikawa

by on Apr.21, 2015 @ 7:14 pm, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Gosuke Katoh NYY 4/20 CRD 5
AUG 4
DH 4 1 1 0 0 1   .152
Batted third. Results: Ks, F5, G3, 1B8-R[5].

Pitchers

Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Hisashi Iwakuma SEA 4/20 HOU 7
SEA 5
71-46 21 5.1 5 4 4 0 3 2 6.61
Started the game. Left in the top of the 6th with a runner on second, one out, and Seattle up 5-3. The runner he left on the base later came around to score. He did not factor into the decision. Sponichi 4/21/2015, Nikkan Sports 4/21/2015.
Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Junichi Tazawa BOS 4/20 BAL 1
BOS 7
18-13 5 1.1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0.00
Entered the game in the top of the 6th with Boston up 5-1. Left in the top of the 7th with a runner on first, one out, and Boston up 7-1. Sponichi 4/21/2015, Nikkan Sports 4/21/2015. MLB.tv Highlight.
Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Kyuji Fujikawa TEX 4/20 MRB 3
RRE 4
19-10 5 1.0 2 2 2 1 2 1 9.00
Entered the game in the top of the 7th with Round Rock up 2-1. Gave up two runs on a two-run home run. Left after an inning of work with Round Rock down 3-2. Recorded a blown save. (BS, 1). Nikkan Sports 4/12/2015.

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[4/15/2015] Norichika Aoki, Ichiro Suzuki, Hisashi Iwakuma

by on Apr.15, 2015 @ 5:31 pm, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Norichika Aoki SFG 4/14 COL 4
SFG 1
LF 3 0 1 0 2 1 0 .405
Batted lead-off. Results: G3, BB, 1B5-SB[2], BB, Ks. Extended hitting streak to seventeen games. Sponichi 4/15/2015, Nikkan Sports 4/15/2015,
Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ichiro Suzuki MIA 4/14 MIA 8
ATL 2
LF 4 2 1 0 1 0 1 .250
Batted second. Results: BB-R[1], L7, G6, F6, 1B5-R[2]. Sponichi 4/15/2015, Nikkan Sports 4/15/2015,
Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Munenori Kawasaki TOR 4/13
RES
PAW 9
BUF 6
2B 4 0 0 0 0 2   .000
Batted ninth. Results: Ks, Ks, F8, F7. Committed a throwing error[1] in the top of the 3rd. Sponichi 4/15/2015, Nikkan Sports 4/15/2015,
Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Gosuke Katoh NYY 4/14 AUG 4
CRD 5
2B 3 0 1 1 2 2   .118
Batted second. Results: BB, Kl, Ks, BB, 1B8-one RBI[3].

Pitchers

Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Hisashi Iwakuma SEA 4/14 SEA 5
LAD 6
95-60 24 5.0 6 4 4 3 5 2 6.55
Started the game. Left after giving up a home run to the first batter he faced in the sixth inning with Seattle up 5-4. Did not factor into the final decision. Sponichi 4/15/2015, Nikkan Sports 4/15/2015,
Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Koji Uehara BOS 4/14 WSH 7
BOS 8
14-10 3 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.00
Entered the game in the top of the 9th with Boston up 8-7. Picked up the save in his first appearance of the year. (S, 1). Sponichi 4/15/2015, Nikkan Sports 4/15/2015, Nikkan Sports 4/15/2015. MLB.tv highlight.
Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Junichi Tazawa BOS 4/14 WSH 7
BOS 8
15-8 3 0.2 1 0 0 0 1 0 0.00
Entered the game in the top of the top of the 9th with none on, one out, and Boston up 8-7. Notched his second hold of the season. (H, 2). Sponichi 4/15/2015, Nikkan Sports 4/15/2015. MLB.tv highlight.
Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Kyuji Fujikawa TEX 4/14 NWA 6
FRI 2
21-15 6 1.0 3 3 1 0 0 0 9.00
Entered the game in the top of the 8th with Frisco down 3-2. First rehab game. Sponichi 4/15/2015, Nikkan Sports 4/15/2015,

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[4/9/2015] Hisashi Iwakuma, Norichika Aoki, Ichiro Suzuki

by on Apr.09, 2015 @ 4:40 pm, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Norichika Aoki SFG 4/8 SFG 5
ARI 2
LF 4 1 3 1 1 0 0 .429
Batted lead-off. Results: 1B7, 2B8[2] (RBI, R), BB, G4, 1B9. Repaced by Sergio Romo in the bottom of the 8th. Sponichi 4/9/2015, Nikkan Sports 4/9/2015,
Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ichiro Suzuki MIA 4/8 ATL 2
MIA 0
PH 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .333
Entered the game as a pinch-hitter for A. J. Ramos in the bottom of the 7th. Replaced by Bryan Morris in the top of the 8th. Results: b1B1. Sponichi 4/9/2015, Nikkan Sports 4/9/2015,

Pitchers

Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Hisashi Iwakuma SEA 4/8 LAA 5
SEA 3
92-61 26 6.0 9 5 4 0 3 1 6.00
Started the game and took the loss (L, 0-1). Left the game after six full innings. Sponichi 4/9/2015, Nikkan Sports 4/9/2015,

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[10/31/2014] Koji Uehara, Hisashi Iwakuma, Kyuji Fujikawa

by on Oct.31, 2014 @ 11:17 pm, under MLB
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The MLB released a list of free agents on Thursday. Hiroyuki Nakajima (Athletics), Kyuji Fujikawa (Cubs), Hisashi Iwakuma (Mariners), Daisuke Matsuzaka (Mets), Norichika Aoki (Royals), Hiroki Kuroda (Yankees), and Ichiro Suzuki (Yankees) were included on the list. Fujikawa and Iwakuma have options.

Source: MLB.com 10/30/2014

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The Boston Red Sox signed Koji Uehara (39) to a two-year deal worth eighteen million US dollars. From ESPN's Gordon Edes:

... The Red Sox signed Uehara before he became eligible to negotiate with other clubs Tuesday. His deal nearly doubles the two-year, $9.25 million contract he signed with the Red Sox before the 2013 season, before he had been identified as the club's closer. It is $2 million less than last's winter's two-year, $20 million deal the Detroit Tigers gave to free agent Joe Nathan, who is perhaps the closest comparison to Uehara, given that he was 38, a year younger than the Japanese right-hander.

... "You're really looking at a guy who has been one of the elite relievers in baseball for several years," Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said. "And again, based on our evaluation at the end of the year and what he did, we did not see any reason why that can't continue.''

... "From a health standpoint, he had a little lower back issue at the end of the year, but that was resolved and wasn't really a concern going forward," Cherington said, making the first mention by any Red Sox official that the pitcher's back had been bothering him.

Source: ESPN 10/30/2014

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Hisashi Iwakuma (33) will be back in Seattle next year. From The Seattle Times' Ryan Divish:

... The Mariners announced that [Iwakuma's] $7 million option for 2015 has been exercised. However, they didn't decide on the option. Per a source, Iwakuma did enough in 2014 — 15-9 with a 3.52 ERA in 28 starts — and last season to have the option vest automatically. So there was no decision to be made.

Source: The Seattle Times 10/30/2014

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The Chicago Cubs declined Kyuji Fujikawa's (34) option. From The Chicago Tribune's Mark Gonzales:

The Chicago Cubs' 40-man roster shrunk to 35 Thursday as reliever Carlos Villanueva filed for free agency, and the team declined the 2015 option on reliever Kyuji Fujikawa.

... Fujikawa will receive a $500,000 buyout and becomes a free agent.

Source: ESPN 10/30/2014

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Daisuke Matsuzaka is planning to return to his home in Boston to begin workouts for next season in November. Source: Sponichi 10/31/2014

[9/27/2014] Hisashi Iwakuma, Munenori Kawasaki, Norichika Aoki

by on Sep.27, 2014 @ 6:11 pm, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Norichika Aoki KCR 9/26 KCR 3
CWS 1
RF 3 1 1 1 0 0 2 .283
Batted second. 3B9[6] one RBI[42]-R[63], L7, G6. Replaced on defense in the bottom of the 7th. Nikkan Sports 9/27/2014, Sponichi 9/27/2014
Munenori Kawasaki TOR 9/26 BAL 2
TOR 4
3B 3 0 2 2 0 0 1 .261
Batted seventh. 1B4b one RBI[16], 1B4 one RBI[17], G6. Committed a throwing error[7] in the top of the 4th. Replaced by a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the 8th. Nikkan Sports 9/27/2014, Sponichi 9/27/2014, Sponichi 9/27/2014

Pitchers

Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Hisashi Iwakuma SEA 9/26 LAA 3
SEA 4
80-56 23 6.1 4 2 2 0 4 2 3.52
Started the game. Left in the top of the 7th, with one out, none on, and Seattle up 4-2 due to a possible injury. Picked up the win. (W, 15-9). Nikkan Sports 9/27/2014, Sponichi 9/27/2014, MLB.com Highlights

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[9/26/2014] Hiroki Kuroda, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Koji Uehara

by on Sep.26, 2014 @ 5:37 pm, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ichiro Suzuki NYY 9/25 BAL 5
NYY 6
RF 3 1 0 0 1 1 1 .282
Batted eighth. Ks, G4, BB-R[41], G1. Nikkan Sports 9/26/2014, Nikkan Sports 9/26/2014, Sponichi 9/26/2014, Sponichi 9/26/2014
Norichika Aoki KCR 9/25 KCR 6
CWS 3
RF 4 0 1 0 0 1 0 .283
Batted second. L8, F9, 1B7, Ks. Replaced on defense in the bottom of the 8th. Nikkan Sports 9/26/2014, Sponichi 9/26/2014
Munenori Kawasaki TOR 9/25 SEA 7
TOR 5
2B 3 1 0 0 1 1 3 .255
Batted second. Kl, G4, BB-R[31], G6f. Nikkan Sports 9/26/2014, Nikkan Sports 9/26/2014, Sponichi 9/26/2014

Pitchers

Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Hiroki Kuroda NYY 9/25 BAL 5
NYY 6
95-68 27 8.0 3 2 2 0 9 2 3.71
Started the game. Left after eight innings with New York up 5-2. Nikkan Sports 9/26/2014, Nikkan Sports 9/26/2014, Sponichi 9/26/2014, Sponichi 9/26/2014, MLB.com Highlights
Daisuke Matsuzaka NYM 9/25
Gm 2
NYM 0
WSN 3
24-15 7 2.0 1 0 0 1 2 0 3.89
Entered the game in the bottom of the 6th with New York down 3-0. He was replaced by a pinch-hitter in the top of the 8th. Nikkan Sports 9/26/2014, Sponichi 9/26/2014
Koji Uehara BOS 9/25 TBR 1
BOS 11
7-6 3 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2.52
Entered the game in the top of the 9th with Boston up 11-1. Nikkan Sports 9/26/2014, Sponichi 9/26/2014

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