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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

[9/22/2014] Masahiro Tanaka, Ichiro Suzuki, Hisashi Iwakuma

by on Sep.22, 2014 @ 3:26 pm, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ichiro Suzuki NYY 9/21 TOR 2
NYY 5
RF 4 0 2 0 0 1 1 .285
Batted eighth. 2B9[12], 1B7-SB[13] (second base), Ks, G3. Nikkan Sports 9/22/2014, Sponichi 9/22/2014
Norichika Aoki KCR 9/21 DET 2
KCR 5
RF 3 0 1 2 1 0 0 .282
Batted second. G6, BB, 3B9[5] two RBI[39,40], L6. Replaced on defense in the top of the 8th. Nikkan Sports 9/22/2014, Sponichi 9/22/2014
Munenori Kawasaki TOR 9/21 TOR 2
NYY 5
3B 4 0 1 0 0 1 1 .265
Batted sixth. 2B9[7], Kl, G4, G3. Nikkan Sports 9/22/2014, Sponichi 9/22/2014,

Pitchers

Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Hisashi Iwakuma SEA 9/21 SEA 3
HOU 8
88-51 23 4.1 6 4 4 3 8 0 3.54
Started the game. Left in the bottom of the 5th with runners on first and second, one out, and Seattle down 4-3. (WP 1, IBB 1). Nikkan Sports 9/22/2014, Sponichi 9/22/2014, MLB.com Highlights
Masahiro Tanaka NYY 9/21 TOR 2
NYY 5
70-48 21 5.1 5 1 1 0 4 0 2.47
Started the game. Left in the top of the 6th with runners on first and second, one out, and New York up 2-1. Got the win. (W, 13-4). (HBP 1). Nikkan Sports 9/22/2014, Sponichi 9/22/2014, Sponichi 9/22/2014, MLB.com Highlights, Standing Ovation, Post-game Press Conference
Daisuke Matsuzaka NYM 9/21 NYM 10
ATL 2
11-6 3 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4.00
Entered the game in the bottom of the 8th with New York up 7-2. Nikkan Sports 9/22/2014, Nikkan Sports 9/22/2014, Sponichi 9/22/2014, Sponichi 9/22/2014
Kyuji Fujikawa CHC 9/21 LAD 8
CHC 5
22-14 6 1.0 3 1 0 0 0 0 4.85
Entered the game in the top of the 7th with Chicago down 6-4. Left after an inning of work with Chicago down 7-4. Nikkan Sports 9/22/2014, Nikkan Sports 9/21/2014, Sponichi 9/22/2014

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[9/20/2014] Hiroki Kuroda, Norichika Aoki, Kyuji Fujikawa

by on Sep.20, 2014 @ 5:12 pm, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ichiro Suzuki NYY 9/19 TOR 3
NYY 5
RF 2 1 1 0 1 0 0 .280
Batted ninth. 1B8-R[39], BB, F8. Nikkan Sports 9/20/2014, Sponichi 9/20/2014
Norichika Aoki KCR 9/19 DET 10
KCR 1
RF-LF 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 .284
Batted second. 1B8, G4, 1B7. Made a nice catch in right in the top of the 1st. Moved from right to left in the top of the 6th. Replaced on defense in the top of the 8th. Fourth straight multi-hit game; seventh multi-hit game in last ten games. Nikkan Sports 9/20/2014, Nikkan Sports 9/20/2014, Sponichi 9/20/2014
Munenori Kawasaki TOR 9/19 TOR 3
NYY 5
2B 4 0 1 0 0 1 1 .267
Batted seventh. 1B7, L3, L7, Ks. Nikkan Sports 9/20/2014, Sponichi 9/20/2014

Pitchers

Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Hiroki Kuroda NYY 9/19 TOR 3
NYY 5
100-65 27 6.2 7 3 2 0 7 1 3.77
Started the game. Left in the top of the 7th with a runner on first, two out, and New York up 5-3. Recorded the win. (W, 11-9). Nikkan Sports 9/20/2014, Nikkan Sports 9/20/2014, Nikkan Sports 9/20/2014, Sponichi 9/20/2014, Sponichi 9/20/2014, MLB.com Highlights
Junichi Tazawa BOS 9/19 BOS 5
BAL 3
9-7 3 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2.87
Entered the game in the bottom of the 9th with the score tied at three. Picked up the win. (W, 4-3). Nikkan Sports 9/20/2014, Nikkan Sports 9/20/2014, Sponichi 9/20/2014
Kyuji Fujikawa CHC 9/19 LAD 14
CHC 5
10-5 3 1.0 0 0 0 1 1 0 5.25
Entered the game in the top of the 7th with Chicago down 14-3. Nikkan Sports 9/20/2014, Sponichi 9/20/2014

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[9/11/2014] Hisashi Iwakuma, Ichiro Suzuki, Junichi Tazawa

by on Sep.11, 2014 @ 8:27 pm, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ichiro Suzuki NYY 9/10 TBR 5
NYY 8
RF 4 1 1 1 0 2 4 .286
Batted sixth. Ks, G4f, Ks, 2B9[9] one RBI[19]-R[37]. Nikkan Sports 9/11/2014, Sponichi 9/11/2014, Sponichi 9/11/2014
Norichika Aoki KCR 9/10 KCR 3
DET 0
RF 3 0 0 0 0 2 1 .265
Batted lead-off. Kl, FC4, Kl, HBP. Replaced by a pinch-runer in the top of the 7th. Nikkan Sports 9/11/2014, Nikkan Sports 9/11/2014Sponichi 9/11/2014, Sponichi 9/11/2014
Munenori Kawasaki TOR 9/10 CHC 1
TOR 11
2B 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .271
Entered the game in the top of the 8th on defense at second base. F9. Nikkan Sports 9/11/2014, Nikkan Sports 9/11/2014Sponichi 9/11/2014

Pitchers

Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Hisashi Iwakuma SEA 9/10 HOU 5
SEA 2
79-50 21 4.1 6 4 4 2 6 0 3.11
Started the game. Left in the 5th with runners on first and second, one out, and Seattle down 4-2. Took the loss. (L, 14-7). Nikkan Sports 9/11/2014, Nikkan Sports 9/11/2014Sponichi 9/11/2014
Junichi Tazawa BOS 9/10 BAL 10
BOS 6
11-8 3 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3.03
Entered the game in the top of the 8th with Boston down 8-1. Nikkan Sports 9/11/2014, Nikkan Sports 9/11/2014, Sponichi 9/11/2014, Sponichi 9/11/2014
Kyuji Fujikawa CHC 9/10 CHC 1
TOR 11
26-12 7 0.2 3 3 3 2 2 0 5.73
Entered the game in the bottom 7th with runners on first and second, two out, and Chicago down 4-1. Allowed both inherited runners to score. Allowed the first five batters to reach base before striking out two in a row to end the inning. (IBB 1). Nikkan Sports 9/11/2014, Nikkan Sports 9/11/2014Sponichi 9/11/2014

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[9/8/2014] Kyuji Fujikawa, Norichika Aoki, Ichiro Suzuki

by on Sep.08, 2014 @ 5:15 pm, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ichiro Suzuki NYY 9/7 KCR 2
NYY 0
LF 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 .283
Batted ninth. L7, F7, Kl. Nikkan Sports 9/8/2014, Nikkan Sports 9/8/2014, Sponichi 9/8/2014
Norichika Aoki KCR 9/7 KCR 2
NYY 0
RF 3 0 1 0 1 1 1 .265
Batted lead-off. BB, 1B1, G6, Ks. Replaced on defense in the bottom of the 7th. Nikkan Sports 9/8/2014, Sponichi 9/8/2014

Pitchers

Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Kyuji Fujikawa CHC 9/7 PIT 10
CHC 4
17-11 4 1.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 3.48
Entered the game in the top of the 9th with Chicago down 10-4. Nikkan Sports 9/8/2014, Sponichi 9/8/2014

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[9/7/2014] Kyuji Fujikawa, Ichiro Suzuki, Munenori Kawasaki

by on Sep.07, 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 9/6 KCR 2
NYY 6
PH-LF-RF 2 0 2 1 0 0 0 .286
Entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the 5th. Remained in the game as the left fielder. Moved from left to right in the top of the 8th. 1B8 one RBI, 1B4. Nikkan Sports 9/7/2014, Nikkan Sports 9/7/2014, Sponichi 9/7/2014
Munenori Kawasaki TOR 9/6 TOR 3
BOS 4
PH-2B 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 .269
Entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the top of the 7th. Remained in the game as the second baseman. 1B8, BB. Nikkan Sports 9/7/2014, Sponichi 9/7/2014

Pitchers

Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Tsuyoshi Wada CHC 9/6
RES 9/5
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. (HBP 2). Went 0-for-1 at the plate: F6. Nikkan Sports 9/6/2014, Sponichi 9/6/2014
Kyuji Fujikawa CHC 9/6 PIT 5
CHC 0
10-7 2 0.2 0 0 0 0 2 0 3.86
Entered the game in the top of the 8th with runners on first and second, one out, and Chicago down 4-0. (WP 1). Nikkan Sports 9/7/2014, Sponichi 9/7/2014
Kyuji Fujikawa CHC 9/6
RES 9/5
PIT 5
CHC 3
1-1 1 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4.15
Entered the game in the top of the 11th with a runner on third, two out, and Chicago down 5-3. Nikkan Sports 9/7/2014, Sponichi 9/7/2014

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[9/3/2014] Norichika Aoki, Koji Uehara, Kyuji Fujikawa

by on Sep.03, 2014 @ 6:26 pm, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ichiro Suzuki NYY 9/2 BOS 9
NYY 4
PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .284
Entered the game as a pinch-hitter for Francisco Cervelli in the bottom of the 9th. Ks. Nikkan Sports 9/3/2014, Sponichi 9/3/2014
Norichika Aoki KCR 9/2 TEX 1
KCR 2
RF 3 0 2 1 0 0 0 .266
Batted lead-off. G4, 2B7[17] one RBI, 2B7[18]. Replaced by a pinch-runner in the bottom of the 6th. Nikkan Sports 9/3/2014, Sponichi 9/3/2014
Munenori Kawasaki TOR 9/2 TOR 8
TBR 2
2B 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 .271
Batted seventh. L6, G6, F8. Replaced on defence in the bottom of the 6th. Nikkan Sports 9/3/2014, Nikkan Sports 9/3/2014, Sponichi 9/3/2014, Sponichi 9/3/2014

Pitchers

Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Koji Uehara BOS 9/2 BOS 9
NYY 4
18-13 5 1.0 2 1 1 0 2 1 2.36
Entered the game in the bottom of the 9th with Boston up 9-3. Served up a lead-off home run to Brian McCann. Nikkan Sports 9/3/2014, Sponichi 9/3/2014, Sponichi 9/3/2014
Kyuji Fujikawa CHC 9/2 MIL 1
CHC 7
21-13 5 1.0 1 0 0 1 2 0 4.32
Entered the game in the top of the 9th with Chicago up 7-1. Nikkan Sports 9/3/2014, Nikkan Sports 9/3/2014, Sponichi 9/3/2014, Sponichi 9/3/2014

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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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[8/29/2014] 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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