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Robinson Cano Goes 2-for-3 in Japan Series Preview

Robinson Cano collected two hits and scored a run in the MLB All-Stars 8-7 win over a collection of players from the Yomiuri Giants and Hanshin Tigers last night.

You can read about the game in MLB.com’s Joey Nowak’s recap: MLB Takes Nail-Biter in Japan Series Preview

The game was televised live on MLB Network and will be re-aired at 6 pm Seattle time tonight.

Here’s a few video’s of Robinson Cano’s performance last night:

 

Robinson Cano Goes Photo Crazy During His Trip To Japan

You should go along for the ride with Robinson Cano’s Instagram account. From there you’ll see what he’s seeing and experiencing. Be sure to follow him, but in the meantime, MLB.com’s Cut4 has put together some of his best pictures here: Robinson Cano Goes Photo Crazy During His Trip To Japan.

Here’s a schedule of the upcoming Japan All-Star Series which will all be carried on MLB Network:

• Wednesday: Game No. 1 at Kyocera Dome, Osaka (1 a.m. PT/4 a.m. ET)
• Thursday: Travel day
• Friday: Game No. 2 at Tokyo Dome, Tokyo (1 a.m. PT/4 a.m. ET)
• Saturday: Game No. 3 at Tokyo Dome, Tokyo (1 a.m. PT/4 a.m. ET)
• Sunday: Game No. 4 at Tokyo Dome, Tokyo (1 p.m. PT/4 a.m. ET)
• Monday: Travel day
• Tuesday, Nov. 18: Game No. 5 at Sapporo Dome, Sapporo (2 a.m. PT/5 a.m. ET)
• Wednesday, Nov. 19: Travel day
• Thursday, Nov. 20: Exhibition game vs. Samurai Japan, Okinawa Cellular Stadium, Okinawa (1 a.m. PT/4 a.m. ET)

MLB All-Stars Arrive for Japan All-Star Series 2014

Major League Baseball’s All-Stars have arrived for the Japan All-Star Series 2014 and the players are already taking part in ceremonies before the games begin.

The Mariners are being represented by second baseman Robinson Cano, starter Hisashi Iwakuma and interpreter Antony Suzuki during the All-Star Series. The games will be hosted in Osaka (Kyocera Dome), Tokyo (Tokyo Dome) and Sapporo (Sapporo Dome).  Two exhibition games will complement the five-game series, with one game in Osaka (Koshien Stadium) and the other in Okinawa (Okinawa Cellular Stadium).

Yasiel Puig, John Farrell, Robinson Cano & Hisashi Iwakuma took part in the All-Star series welcome party ceremony.

Yasiel Puig, John Farrell, Robinson Cano & Hisashi Iwakuma took part in the All-Star series welcome party ceremony.

Robinson Cano took part in the sake barrel ceremony which represents harmony and good fortune.

Robinson Cano took part in the sake barrel ceremony which represents harmony and good fortune.

MLB Network will exclusively televise every game of the Japan All-Star Series live in the United States, beginning with the exhibition game on Tuesday, November 11th at 4:00 a.m. (ET).  MLB.TV subscribers also will be able to watch every game live and on-demand across any of its supported devices, including via the MLB.com At Bat app.  The games will be called live by a rotating on-air team of MLB Network announcers that includes play-by-play by Paul Severino and analysis from Mark DeRosa and Darryl Hamilton.  Each game will re-air later the same day at 9:00 p.m. (ET).

The MLB All-Stars posed for a team picture in Japan.

The MLB All-Stars posed for a team picture in Japan.

MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo checked in with the team and posted his feature: Major Leaguers rest up after landing in Osaka.

If you’re looking for a players perspective of this trip (in pictures), be sure to follow Robinson Cano on instagram (RobinsonCano).

Here are a few of his updates since arriving.

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Here are some photos from the welcome party as well as the team photo at Koshien Stadium.

Iwakuma to Play in MLB-Japan All-Star Series

Hisashi Iwakuma has been added to the roster for the MLB Japan All-Star Series.

Hisashi Iwakuma has been added to the roster for the MLB Japan All-Star Series.

Mariners right-handed starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma has been selected to play in the MLB-Japan All-Star Series in November. Iwakuma and select MLB stars will play a five-game series against “Samurai Japan” (Japan’s National Team) in the 2014 All-Star Series. In addition, two exhibition games will be played prior to and after the All-Star Series of games.

Iwakuma, 33, will join teammate Robinson Cano in the renewal of the event for the first time since 2006, which will mark the 11th All-Star Series and the 36th time overall that a team of Major Leaguers has toured Japan for exhibition games, dating back to 1908. Iwakuma is scheduled to make one start for the MLB squad during the series, with a limit of 80 pitches has been set for each starting pitcher (Rules for Series).

“I am very happy and honored to be part of this All-Star team,” said Iwakuma. “I look forward to pitching in my hometown during the series.”

Iwakuma went 15-9 with a 3.52 ERA (70 ER, 170.0 IP) in 28 starts with the Mariners in 2014. He ranked 2nd in the Majors with a 1.06 walk rate (21 BB) and 3rd with a 7.33 strikeout-to-walk ratio, and also had the 4th-best WHIP in the American League at 1.050. The Tokyo native became the fifth Japanese-born pitcher with 15 wins in a season, joining Hideo Nomo (3x), Daisuke Matsuzaka (2x), Yu Darvish, Hiroki Kuroda.

In three seasons with the Mariners Iwakuma has combined to go 38-20 with a 3.07 ERA, including 37-19, 2.97 in 77 career starts. Prior to joining the Mariners Iwakuma played 11 seasons in Japan with Kintetsu/Rakuten in the Pacific League, combining to go 107-69 with a 3.25 ERA in 226 G/225 GS. He was named the Pacific League MVP and Eiji Sawamura Award winner (Cy Young equivalent) in 2008 after going 21-4 with a 1.87 ERA. He has represented Japan in the World Baseball Classic (2009) and Olympics (2004).

The team will holds workouts at Dodger Stadium on November 6-7 (12-2:30 pm). The MLB Network will exclusively televise every game of the Japan All-Star Series live in the U.S., beginning with the exhibition game on Tuesday, November 11 at 1 am PT (check local listings for replays).

All-Star Series games will be hosted in Osaka (Kyocera Dome), Tokyo (Tokyo Dome), Sapporo (Sapporo Dome) and Okinawa (Okinawa Cellular Stadium). The complete schedule is as follows:

2014 Suzuki All-Star Series Schedule
Tuesday, Nov. 11: Exhibition vs. Hanshin Tigers/Yomiuri Giants at Koshien
Wednesday, Nov. 12: Game #1 at Kyocera Dome, Osaka
Thursday, Nov. 13: Travel Day
Friday, Nov. 14: Game #2 at Tokyo Dome, Tokyo
Saturday, Nov. 15: Game #3 at Tokyo Dome, Tokyo
Sunday, Nov. 16: Game #4 at Tokyo Dome, Tokyo
Monday, Nov. 17: Travel Day
Tuesday, Nov. 18: Game #5 at Sapporo Dome, Sapporo
Wednesday, Nov. 19: Travel Day
Thursday, Nov. 20: Exhibition vs Team Japan, Okinawa

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2014 Rewind – Iwakuma by the Numbers

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Mariners starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma put together another solid season in 2014, recording a career-high 15 wins (15-9) with a 3.52 ERA in 28 starts. After starting the season on the disabled list, Iwakuma set single-season club records for highest strikeout-to-walk ratio at 7.33 and lowest walk rate (1.06 BB/9.0 IP). In 179.0 innings, Iwakuma walked only 21 batters (including 2 IBB) and recorded 154 strikeouts.

Since joining the Mariners in 2012 after an All-Star career in Japan, Iwakuma has made 77 starts (91 overall appearances). His 2.99 ERA in his starts (since July 2, 2012) is the 9th-best in the Majors joining an elite list of pitchers:

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Get Well Tour – Mary Bridge Hospital

Brandon Maurer, Hisashi Iwakuma and the Mariner Moose visited Tacoma's Mary Bridge Children's Hospital today.

Brandon Maurer, Hisashi Iwakuma and the Mariner Moose visited Tacoma’s Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital today.

Mariner pitchers Hisashi Iwakuma and Brandon Maurer spent part of their day on Thursday visiting kids at Tacoma’s Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital as part of the Holland America Line Get Well Tour.

The kids got the chance to meet Kuma and Maurer – and the Mariner Moose – get photos and autographs, and a Get Well Tour duffle bag, baseball and Moose doll, all courtesy of Holland America Line.

Mariners Game Central – May 3 at Houston Astros

Seattle Mariners at Houston Astros
Saturday, May 3, 2014 – Minute Maid Park (1:10 pm PT/3:10 pm CT)
Seattle Mariners (12-15)   Houston Astros (10-19)
Player   Player
55 Michael Saunders (L) CF   27 Jose Altuve 2B
7 Stefen Romero RF   21 Dexter Fowler (S) CF
22 Robinson Cano (L) 2B   15 Jason Castro (L) C
27 Corey Hart DH   30 Matt Dominguez 3B
15 Kyle Seager (L) 3B   18 Marc Krauss (L) 1B
17 Justin Smoak (S) 1B   23 Chris Carter DH
16 Cole Gillespie LF   8 Alex Presley (L) RF
5 Brad Miller (L) SS   9 Marwin Gonzalez LF
3 Mike Zunino C   6 Jonathan Villar (S) SS
Starting Pitcher   Starting Pitcher
18 Hisashi Iwakuma (‘14 debut) RHP   60 Dallas Keuchel (2-1, 3.56) LHP

 

Mariners Record Breakdown
Overall Home Road Day Night X-Inning Last 10
12-15 5-6 7-9 3-4 9-11 0-2 4-6

 

Game #28: Seattle Mariners (12-15) vs. Houston Astros (10-19) | 3:10 pm CT/1:10 pm PT | Minute Maid Park
Pitching Match-Ups: RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (1st 2014 GS) vs. LHP Dallas Keuchel (2-1, 3.56)
Radio: 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network…also on Mariners.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The game will be televised on ROOT SPORTS
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data
Game Information: Mariners | Astros | Mariners-Astros History

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Mariners Mondays – Kuma’s Cy Young Push

Hisashi Iwakuma went 2-0 with a 0.76 ERA in 5 starts in September last season.

Hisashi Iwakuma went 2-0 with a 0.76 ERA in 5 starts in September last season.

This week on Mariners Mondays on ROOT SPORTS watch as Hisashi Iwakuma makes a push for the Cy Young Award.

In back-to-back starts in September, Kuma was master of his game. On the road in Detroit, he ran his scoreless inning streak to 25 with an 8-0 shutout of the Tigers. Kuma matched his career high with eight innings, giving up just four hits and striking out six.

His next start, September 25 at Safeco Field, Kuma put the brakes on the Kansas City Royals slim playoff hopes with a 6-0 shutout. Kuma again went eight innings, finishing his season at 14-6, with a streak of 23 consecutive scoreless innings.

Mariners Mondays airs tomorrow, February 24, beginning at 7:30 pm, right after Mariners All-Access. Mariners Mondays episodes air weekly on ROOT SPORTS during the offseason and Spring Training, building to the March 31 season opener against the Los Angeles Angels.

Hisashi Iwakuma Finishes 3rd in AL Cy Young Award Voting

Hisashi Iwakuma finished 3rd in voting for the 2013 AL Cy Young Award.

Hisashi Iwakuma finished 3rd in voting for the 2013 AL Cy Young Award.

The remarkable season of Mariners starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma has resulted in the right-hander finishing in 3rd place for the American League Cy Young Award with 73.0 votes. Iwakuma placed behind winner Detroit right-hander Max Scherzer (203 votes) and Texas right-hander Yu Darvish (93.0 votes).

This is the fourth time in the last five seasons the Mariners have had a pitcher finish in the top 5 for the AL Cy Young Award. Felix Hernandez was 4th in 2012 (41.0 votes), won the award in 2010 (167.0 votes) and ranked 2nd in 2009 (80.0 votes).

Iwakuma had a breakout season going 14-6 with a 2.66 ERA in 33 starts. He ranked 3rd in the AL in ERA and 2nd with a club-record 1.006 WHIP.

Here are some bullet points on his Kuma’s amazing season.

  • Finished his second Major League season going 14-6 with a 2.66 ERA (65 ER, 219.2 IP) in 33 starts (23 quality starts).
  • Ranked 3rd in the American League with a 2.66 ERA…5th-lowest ERA in Mariners history, trailing Felix Hernandez (2.27 in ’10, 2.49 in ’09) and Randy Johnson (2.28 in ’97, 2.48 in ’95).
  • Named Mariners Pitcher of the Year by the Seattle chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America.
  • Among AL leaders ranked 3rd in innings pitched (219.2), 3rd in opponent batting average (.220), T4th in quality starts (23), T4th in games started (33), 5th in opponent OPS (.630) and 12th in strikeouts (185).

Iwakuma is currently in Japan, but we caught up with Kuma in a Q&A. As you can tell, he is very excited and honored by the voted third for the Cy Young Award by the Baseball Writers Association of America.


What are your feelings about being voted/selected as a finalist for the AL Cy Young Award?
It is such an honor to be one of the finalist for the best award as a pitcher.  I had never thought I would become a finalist here in the U.S. so this is very special to me and is a big surprise.

You quietly became one of the best starting pitchers in the AL last season. Are you proud of how you went about your progression in rising to the top levels of MLB?
Yes, I am very proud and happy with what I have established here in 2 years.  I have learned a lot and it has been quite an experience.  I started my career here in the big league as a reliever and worked my way up.  There is more to learn down the road and more to prove as well, so I look forward to the future. 

You had a strong finish to your first season with the Mariners in 2012, and then continued that in 2013. What are some of your goals for the 2014 season?
I have not set my goals for 2014 in stone yet, but I can say this for now.  Last season was my first full season as a starter.  To be successful, you need to maintain your performance for a long period of time.  That said, I will need to come up with similar or better results that last season and that is what I look forward to doing.

When will you start focusing on the 2014 season and getting your arm in shape? Are you still throwing now?
I have gradually started to prepare/condition myself physically for 2014.  I have not thrown a ball yet since finishing the season but will start soon.  I look forward to preparing my arm early like I did last spring and be ready to go strong by the start of Spring Training to stay healthy for another season. 

What are some of the events you are doing in Japan for MLB?
I have a baseball clinic coming up on the 23rd of November in Ishinomaki, Sendai, where we had the natural disaster. During this time of the year, I like to take my time to give back to the city I played for that supported me for many years and give spirit to the people and kids that dream about baseball. I will also be making an appearance in Tokyo at the MLB Cafe in December to talk about the years and experience in the U.S.

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Hisashi Iwakuma Named American League Cy Young Finalist

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Mariners starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma has been named one of three finalists for the American League Cy Young Award, joining Detroit’s Max Scherzer and Texas’ Yu Darvish.

Iwakuma had a breakout season going 14-6 with a 2.66 ERA in 33 starts. He ranked 3rd in the AL in ERA and 2nd with a club-record 1.006 WHIP.

Here are some bullet points on his amazing season. Congrats to Kuma on the very-much deserved recognition as a Cy Young Finalist!

  • Finished his second Major League season going 14-6 with a 2.66 ERA (65 ER, 219.2 IP) in 33 starts (23 quality starts).
  • Ranked 3rd in the American League with a 2.66 ERA…5th-lowest ERA in Mariners history, trailing Felix Hernandez (2.27 in ’10, 2.49 in ’09) and Randy Johnson (2.28 in ’97, 2.48 in ’95).
  • Named Mariners Pitcher of the Year by the Seattle chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America.
  • Among AL leaders ranked 3rd in innings pitched (219.2), 3rd in opponent batting average (.220), T4th in quality starts (23), T4th in games started (33), 5th in opponent OPS (.630) and 12th in strikeouts (185).
  • Led the Majors and set a Mariners record with 10 starts where he pitched at least 6.0 innings and did not allow an ER (5-0, 5 no-decisions)…Felix Hernandez recorded 9 starts of 6.0 or more IP, 0 ER in 2009.
  • Record 5 no-decisions when pitching at least 6.0 innings with 0 ER allowed, tied for most during the searchable era (since 1916) with Roger Clemens in 2005…posted a 2.88 ERA (27 ER, 84.1 IP) in 13 no-decisions.
  • Ranked 2nd in the AL and set a Mariners single-season record with a 1.006 WHIP (Walks + Hits per IP).
  • Went 4-0 with a 1.62 ERA (10 ER, 55.2 IP) over his final 8 starts of the season (8/16-9/25) to lower ERA from 3.02 to 2.66.
  • Went 2-0 with a 0.76 ERA (3 ER, 35.2 IP) in 5 starts in September…2nd-lowest ERA in a month in club history (min. 4 GS), trailing only the 0.50 mark by Mark Langston in September 1988 (3 ER, 53.2 IP, 6 GS).
  • Selected to his first All-Star Game, but did not pitch due to starting the final game before the All-Star break.
  • Pitched in a career-high 219.2 innings, besting his Japanese career-high of 201.2 IP during his Pacific League MVP season in 2008…IP total was T3rd-most by a Japanese born pitcher trailing only Hideo Nomo (228.1 in 1996, 220.1 in 2002).
  • Ended the season with a streak of 23.0 consecutive scoreless innings, including 8.0 scoreless innings in his season finale Sept. 25 vs. KC.

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2013 GIBBY Awards – Mariners Nominees

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Have you voted yet? Yes, King County election day is tomorrow (Tuesday, Nov. 5), but while you are thinking of voting be sure to fill out our online ballot for the 2013 Major League Baseball GIBBY Awards (Greatness in Baseball Yearly Awards).

MLB’s A-listers will take home 2013 GIBBY trophies — the ultimate honors of the industry’s awards season — based on votes by media, front-office personnel, MLB alumni, fans at MLB.com and the Society for American Baseball Research.

You can vote by clicking on the follow link: 2013 GIBBY Awards

These Mariners are listed in the following categories:

Top Starting Pitcher – Hisashi Iwakuma

Breakout Pitcher – Hisashi Iwakuma

Must C Play – Dustin Ackley sliding catch in center field August 30 at Houston

Must C Moment –  Raul Ibañez put a cap on a strong 2013 season with Seattle when he tied Ted Williams’ record for the most home runs by a player age 40 or older September 21 at LAA. The veteran did so with his 29th long ball of the year — and the 300th of his career.

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