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[7/9/2015] Koji Uehara, Ichiro Suzuki

by on Jul.09, 2015 @ 6:53 pm, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ichiro Suzuki MIA 7/8 MIA 3
BOS 6
RF 4 0 1 0 0 1 0 .246
Batted ninth. Results: Kl, 1B8, G1, F8. His single in the 4th was his first hit in thirty-five trips to the plate. Nikkan Sports 7/9/2015, Nikkan Sports 7/9/2015, Nikkan Sports 7/9/2015, Nikkan Sports 7/9/2015, Sponichi 7/9/2015.
Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Gosuke Katoh NYY 7/8 PUL 6
PRI 3
2B 5 0 1 0 0 3   .190
Batted eighth. Results: Ks, F7, 1B5, Ks, Ks.

Pitchers

Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Koji Uehara BOS 7/8 MIA 3
BOS 6
11-10 3 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2.53
Entered the game in the top of the 9th with Boston up 6-3. Recorded the save (21). Nikkan Sports 7/9/2015, Nikkan Sports 7/9/2015, Sponichi 7/9/2015. MLB.tv: Koji shuts the door.
Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Toru Murata CLE 7/8 COL 6
TOL 3
103-73 27 6.2 7 2 2 1 6 1 2.89
Started the game. Left in the 7th with a runner on second, two out, and Columbus up 4-1. The runner he left on base later came around to score. Got the win (6-4). Nikkan Sports 7/9/2015, Daily Sports 7/9/2015.

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[5/8/2015] Ichiro Suzuki, Norichika Aoki, Tsuyoshi Wada

by on May.09, 2015 @ 1:41 am, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ichiro Suzuki MIA 5/7 MIA 7
SFG 2
LF 5 0 1 0 0 0 3 .286
Batted fifth. Results: L5, G1, G6f, 1B7, G1. He extended his hitting streak to eight games. With 2,868 career hits, he is five away from tying Babe Ruth for forty-second on the all-time hit list. Sponichi 5/8/2015, Nikkan Sports 5/8/2015, Nikkan Sports 5/8/2015.
Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Norichika Aoki SFG 5/7 MIA 7
SFG 2
LF 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 .280
Batted lead-off. Results: G5, G4(DP), G4, G6. Sponichi 5/8/2015, Nikkan Sports 5/8/2015, Nikkan Sports 5/8/2015.
Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Munenori Kawasaki TOR 5/7 BUF 2
DUR 4
2B 4 0 0 0 0 0   .262
Batted seventh. Results: E4t, F7, G3, G1. Sponichi 5/8/2015, Daily Sports 5/8/2015.
Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Gosuke Katoh NYY 5/7 CRD 2
LEX 6
2B 3 0 0 0 0 0   .145
Batted eighth. Results: F8, G4, G4.

Pitchers

Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Tsuyoshi Wada CHC 5/7 IOW 4
NAS 1
91-60 22 5.2 4 1 1 2 6 1 3.25
Started the game. Left the game in the bottom of the 6th with a runner on second, two out, and Iowa down 1-0. Did not factor into the final decision. Sponichi 5/8/2015, Nikkan Sports 5/8/2015.

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Norichika Aoki, Ichiro Suzuki, Masahiro Tanaka

by on Apr.29, 2015 @ 5:54 pm, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ichiro Suzuki MIA 4/28 NYM 3
MIA 4
LF 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 .264
Batted seventh. Results: G4, G5, F7, G4. Sponichi 4/29/2015, Nikkan Sports 4/29/2015.
Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Norichika Aoki SFG 4/28 SFG 2
LAD 1
LF 4 0 1 0 1 0 1 .306
Batted lead-off. Results: G1, G4, G4, 1B7, BB. Sponichi 4/29/2015, Nikkan Sports 4/29/2015.
Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Munenori Kawasaki TOR 4/28 NOR 1
BUF 0
SS 3 0 1 0 0 1   .308
Batted seventh. Results: 1B4-CS[2], F8, Kl.
Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Gosuke Katoh NYY 4/28 CRD 1
ASH 5
2B 4 0 2 0 0 1   .173
Batted eighth. Results: Ks, 1B9, F7, 1B9.

Pitchers

Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Junichi Tazawa BOS 4/28 TOR 11
BOS 8
8-7 3 0.2 1 1 1 0 1 1 1.86
Entered the game in the top of the 9th with one out and Boston down 10-8. Sponichi 4/29/2015, Nikkan Sports 4/29/2015. MLB.tv highlight.

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[1/17/2015] Norichika Aoki, Junichi Tazawa, Munenori Kawasaki

by on Jan.17, 2015 @ 9:06 pm, under MLB
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Norichika Aoki (33) signed a one-year contract with the San Francisco Giants, from CBS Sports' Jon Heyman and Michael Hurcomb:

Heyman Tweet: aoki gets $4M with #SFgiants on 2015 deal plus performance bonuses.

Hurcomb update: [Aoki] will make $4 million, plus performance bonuses. He has a 2016 option, which includes a $700,000 buyout. The max Aoki can make on the deal is $12.5 million.

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The Boston Red Sox avoided arbitration with Junichi Tazawa (28), from the Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo:

... Tazawa agreed to a one-year deal worth $2.25 million.

Tazawa, 28, appeared in 71 games in 2014, the same number he pitched in in 2013. He earned $1.275 million last season.

Source: Boston Globe 1/17/2015

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The Toronto Blue Jays have re-signed Munenori Kawasaki (33) to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, from the Toronto Star's Brendan Kennedy:

... The Jays announced Friday they had signed the beloved, high-energy infielder to a minor-league deal with an invitation to spring training.

... Kawasaki will head to spring training as the fifth or sixth man on the Jays' middle-infield depth chart, behind Jose Reyes, Maicer Izturis, Ryan Goins, minor-league prospect Devon Travis and perhaps Steve Tolleson.

General manager Alex Anthopoulos, who praised Kawasaki's character and likeability in the clubhouse, said since it's a minor-league deal there's really no downside. No promises were made to Kawasaki regarding playing time and he still has minor-league options, so if he happens to be called up he can be demoted again without being exposed to waivers.

Source: Toronto Star 1/16/2015

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Shunsuke Watanabe (38) and Yusuke Kajimoto (31) could return to the Lancaster Barnstormers this year. From Lancaster Online's Burt Wilson:

... In addition to Burnett, Hobson said Japanese players Yusuke Kajimoto and Shunsuke Watanabe both want to return. Kajimoto's grand slam at Somerset brought the Barnstormers back from the brink of elimination in the first round of the playoffs.

Watanabe, a sidearm pitcher, was 8-2 with a 3.37 ERA in 39 games for the Stormers last season. The right-hander will return to Lancaster if he does not get a job pitching in Mexico, where he played this winter.

Source: lancasteronline 1/14/2015

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[12/15/2014] Rumors: Takashi Toritani, Alejandro Segovia, Shunsuke Watanabe

by on Dec.16, 2014 @ 2:41 am, under NPB
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Takashi Toritani is expected to give the Hanshin Tigers his final decision during their next meeting. He is said to be talking to the Toronto Blue Jays and San Diego Padres. Both teams might be willing to sign him to an MLB contract, but neither will likely go more than a year with a team option. Source: Sanspo 12/15/2014

The Tigers could have someone check on talent in Venezuela some time in January. They are also interested in Shunsuke Watanabe (38). He is currently playing for Leones del Caracas. He wants to make it back to the Majors, but could be open to returning to Japan if he gets no offers. Source: Sports Hochi 12/15/2014, MLB.com Player Page

Yoshio Itoi (33) met with Orix officials for salary negotiations on Monday and agreed to a 100 million yen raise. He is slated to make an estimated 350 million yen, plus incentives, in 2015. He was also selected to become the next team captain. Itoi is still interested in the Majors, but is currently more concerned about winning a championship with Orix. Source: Sports Hochi 12/15/2014, Nikkan Sports 12/15/2014

The media learned that the Rakuten Eagles are planning to sign Alejandro Segovia (24) to an Ikusei contract. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/15/2014

Hiroshima's Kenta Maeda (26) apparently told fans at a dinner event on Sunday that pitching in the Majors and winning a championship with the Carp were both his goals. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/15/2014

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[11/15/2014] Rumors: Tony Blanco, Hiroyuki Nakajima, Shun Tono

by on Nov.16, 2014 @ 3:42 am, under NPB
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The Cubs are not planning to resign Kyuji Fujikawa (33). Source: Daily Sports 11/15/2014

Shunsuke Watanabe (38) will be playing winter ball in Venezuela with Leones del Caracas. Source: Daily Sports 11/15/2014

Shugo Fujii is willing to sign an Ikusei contract, if it means he can continue playing. Source: Sponichi 11/15/2014

Yokohama senryokugi Takuro Ito (21) is planning to attend the second twelve-team tryout on the 20th. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/15/2014

The Yokohama Bay Stars will most likely part ways with Tony Blanco (34). A number of Pacific League teams, including Rakuten and Orix, are interested in the slugger. Blanco apparently has a preference to play in the PL where he can be designated hitter. Yokohama could try to replace Blanco with Jose Lopez (31). Source: Sponichi 11/15/2014

Yokohama is planning to sign Shun Tono (28) and could hold a press conference to announce the addition some time next week. A number of teams reached out to Tono, including Hiroshima, but Yokohama came out on top because they were first to contact him. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/15/2014 ... Yokohama announced on Saturday that they signed Tono. Source: official announcement

Takehiro Donoue's (22) tryout with the Yomiuri Giants will take place over the weekend (November 15, 16). Source: Daily Sports 11/15/2014

The Hanshin Tigers are aware that there is a chance Seung-Hwan Oh will not be back in 2016. They want to be prepared in case he decides to leave and are planning to begin a search for potential candidates to replace him during the 2015 season. Source: Sports Hochi 11/15/2014, Sponichi 11/15/2014, Nikkan Sports 11/15/2014

The Tigers may have offered Hiroyuki Nakajima (32) a four-year deal worth over one billion yen. They are considering other things to include in the package, like a chance to become a coach in the future. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/15/2014 ... The Tigers are planning to send an official to the United States some time in or after December. Source: Sanspo 11/15/2014

[10/5/2014] Munenori Kawasaki, Shunsuke Watanabe

by on Oct.05, 2014 @ 9:11 pm, under MLB
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Toronto Blue Jays

The latest on Munenori Kawasaki, from MLB.com's Gregor Chisholm:

... The decision to outright Kawasaki off the 40-man roster was a mere formality because of a clause in his contract that allowed him to become a free agent at the end of the season.

... "He's eligible for free agency, it's just a clause in his contract," Anthopoulos said. "Just about every Japanese player that comes over now, they're not part of the reserve. You don't get them for six or seven years and go through arbitration unless they're an amateur and so on.

"I think we'll look to bring him back. I think that goes without saying. I haven't talked to him. I don't know what his desires are. I don't think the finances have ever been an issue for him. My understanding is he can make more money in Japan, but he's wanted to play here. We'll see. I don't know what his goals are for the offseason, but at some point we'll sit down with him."

Source: MLB.com 10/4/2014

Lancaster Barnstormers

Shunsuke Watanabe and Yusuke Kajimoto helped the Barnstormers win the Atlantic League Championship.

Kajimoto
Playoffs: 7 G, 8-for-23, 5 R, 2 2B, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 2 BB, 5 SO, .348/.400/.565
Season: 96 G, 105-for 371, 66 R, 16 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 36 RBI, 48 BB, 65 SO, .283/.369/.364

Watanabe
Playoffs: 2 G, 2 GS, 1-1, 14.0 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 7 BB, 13 SO, 1.28 ERA, 1.14 WHIP
Season: 36 G, 16 GS, 8-2, 120.1 IP, 97 H, 49 R 45 ER, 33 BB, 91 SO, 3.36 ERA, 1.08 WHIP

Division Series - Game 1: Gailen, Schwinden Lead 'stormers To Win | Game 2: Somerset Centers On Game Two Win | Game 3: Barnstormers Lose Game 3 | Game 4: Kajimoto Sends Series To Game Five | Game 5: Barnstormers Head To Texas For Finals
Championship Series - Game 1: Barnstormers Grab Opener | Game 2: Watanabe Pitches Barnstormers To Edge Of Title Game 3: The Barnstormers Are Champions!

Watanabe (38) plans to attend the winter league in Venezuela. He will also try to get an invite to spring training next year. Source: Sponichi 10/5/2014

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[9/19/2014] Tsuyoshi Wada, Junichi Tazawa, Munenori Kawasaki

by on Sep.19, 2014 @ 5:04 pm, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Munenori Kawasaki TOR 9/18 TOR 2
NYY 3
2B 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 .267
Batted sixth. G5, G4, 1B9, G1. Nikkan Sports 9/19/2014, Nikkan Sports 9/19/2014, Sponichi 9/19/2014, Sponichi 9/19/2014

Pitchers

Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Tsuyoshi Wada CHC 9/18 LAD 8
CHC 4
80-50 18 5.0 5 1 1 1 5 0 3.22
Started the game. Left after five full innings with Chicago up 4-1. He was not involved in the final decision. Went 0-for-2 at the plate: Kl, F9. Nikkan Sports 9/19/2014, Nikkan Sports 9/19/2014, Sponichi 9/19/2014, MLB.com Highlights
Junichi Tazawa BOS 9/18 BOS 2
PIT 3
13-8 3 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2.92
Entered the game in the bottom of the 7th with Boston down 3-1. Nikkan Sports 9/19/2014, Sponichi 9/19/2014, Sponichi 9/19/2014

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[5/9/2014] Hisashi Iwakuma, Norichika Aoki

by on May.09, 2014 @ 10:55 pm, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Norichika Aoki KCR 5/8 KCR 0
SEA 1
RF 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 .277
Batted lead-off. L7, G4, 1B8, SH1. Nikkan Sports 5/9/2014, Nikkan Sports 5/9/2014
Munenori Kawasaki TOR 5/8 BUF 3
GWI 4
PH 1 0 1 0 0 0   .250
Entered the game as a pinch-hitter for Jonathan Diaz in the top of the 9th. 1B8. Nikkan Sports 5/9/2014
Hiroyuki Nakajima OAK 5/8 SAN 5
MRO 3
2B 4 0 3 1 0 0   .474
Batted seventh. 1B9 one RBI[3], 1B7, F9, 1B9. Committed a fielding error[2] in the top of the 4th.

Pitchers

Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Hisashi Iwakuma SEA 5/8 KCR 0
SEA 1
93-61 26 8.0 4 0 0 0 7 0 2.45
Started the game. Picked up the victory. (W, 2-0). Extended scoreless innings streak to 48.2 innings against AL Central teams. Nikkan Sports 5/9/2014, Nikkan Sports 5/9/2014, Sponichi 5/9/2014, MLB.com Highlight

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[4/14/2014] Ichiro Suzuki, Koji Uehara, Munenori Kawasaki

by on Apr.14, 2014 @ 5:52 pm, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ichiro Suzuki NYY 4/13 BOS 2
NYY 3
PR-RF 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .421
Entered the game as a pinch-runner for Francisco Cervelli in the bottom of the 4th. Remained in the game and took over in right in the top of the 5th. G4. Made a nice leaping catch in the top of the 8th. Nikkan Sports 4/14/2014, Nikkan Sports 4/14/2014, Sponichi 4/14/2014
Norichika Aoki KCR 4/13 KCR 3
MIN 4
RF 3 0 0 1 0 0 2 .250
Batted lead-off. G1, FC5, G6, SH1-RBI[2]. Nikkan Sports 4/14/2014, Sponichi 4/14/2014
Munenori Kawasaki TOR 4/13 PAW 7
BUF 5
SS 4 0 0 0 1 0   .240
Batted ninth. G4, E1f, G4, BB, G6. Nikkan Sports 4/14/2014
Hiroyuki Nakajima OAK 4/13 SLC 0
SRC 3
3B 3 1 1 0 0 1   .179
Batted seventh. 2B8[2]-R[3], Ks, F8. Nikkan Sports 4/14/2014

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