Mlb: Mariners' Iwakuma Ready To Shoulder Load Again If Needed

MLB: Mariners' Iwakuma ready to shoulder load again if neededPitcher Hisashi Iwakuma was a major reason the Seattle Mariners stayed in the race for an American League wild-card playoff spot until the second-to-last day of the 2016 season.
The big right-hander led the Mariners with 16 wins, and he got the start on Oct. 1 with Seattle in a must-win situation at home against Oakland in order to have a chance. Iwakuma faltered, however, and gave up five runs on nine hits in 3 2-3 innings.

Cruz, Seager Back Sharp Iwakuma

Cruz, Seager back sharp IwakumaAsk the streaking Seattle Mariners what the primary catalyst for their success has been over the past few weeks, and they won’t say home runs or quality starting pitching.
They’ll say it’s fun.
Nelson Cruz and Kyle Seager homered to lead the Mariners past the Los Angeles Angels 2-1 on Wednesday night, extending their longest winning streak of the season to eight games.

Baseball: Yanks' Tanaka Outduels Former Teammate Iwakuma To Earn 11th Win

Baseball: Yanks' Tanaka outduels former teammate Iwakuma to earn 11th winMasahiro Tanaka worked seven scoreless innings to outduel former teammate Hisashi Iwakuma and earn the win as the New York Yankees defeated the Seattle Mariners 5-0 on Wednesday.
Tanaka (11-4), who succeeded Iwakuma as the ace of the Rakuten Eagles in Nippon Professional Baseball's Pacific League, turned in a vintage performance, consistently getting ahead of hitters and becoming a bulldog with runners in scoring position.

Mlb: Iwakuma Battles To Earn 1st Win

MLB: Iwakuma battles to earn 1st winJapanese right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma survived his early lack of command to go seven innings and earn his first win of the season as the Seattle Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics 8-2 on Tuesday.

Iwakuma Roughed Up As Astros Roll

Iwakuma roughed up as Astros rollJose Altuve is convinced the struggling Houston Astros are about to get as hot as he is.
Altuve opened the game with his third leadoff homer of the season, doubled twice and scored three runs to help the Astros avoid a sweep with a 7-4 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday.

Baseball : Tanaka Prevails In Duel With Iwakuma

Baseball : Tanaka prevails in duel with IwakumaIn a matchup of old friends from the Far East, Hisashi Iwakuma made one mistake too many.
Alex Rodriguez snapped his hitless skid with an early two-run homer off Iwakuma that sent the New York Yankees past the Seattle Mariners 4-3 on Sunday, ending their four-game losing streak.

Iwakuma, Aoki Display Easy Rapport In Mariners Camp

Iwakuma, Aoki display easy rapport in Mariners campSeattle Mariners’ right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma showed Tuesday just how much he appreciates having former Japan teammate Norichika Aoki with him in camp this year.
“I’m really looking forward to playing with him and it’s heartening,” Iwakuma said about his close friend, who is also a 34-year-old, fifth-year big leaguer.

Baseball : Iwakuma Said To Reach Agreement With Dodgers

Baseball : Iwakuma said to reach agreement with DodgersRight-hander Hisashi Iwakuma will reportedly move down the Pacific coast from Seattle to Los Angeles to play for the Dodgers next season.
Iwakuma, who filed for free agency after four seasons with the Seattle Mariners, has reached a three-year deal with the Dodgers, it was reported by various U.S. media on Sunday.

Cano Hrs Help Iwakuma Notch 9th Win

Cano HRs help Iwakuma notch 9th winRobinson Cano wasn’t focused on the distance. He was just happy to see the ball clear the fence.
Cano homered twice and drove in four runs and Hisashi Iwakuma struck out a season-high 10 as the Seattle Mariners romped past the slumping Kansas City Royals, 11-2 Tuesday night.
The Mariners muscled out five home runs, with Cano’s 132-meter three-run shot in the seven-run third his longest in more than two years.

Montero Backs Iwakuma With Homer As M’s Win

Montero backs Iwakuma with homer as M’s winJesus Montero provided the big blow for Seattle, continuing to get the best of Jered Weaver.
But Kyle Seager was the one responsible for knocking Weaver out of the game by getting hit.
Montero hit a three-run homer, and Seager’s jawing with Weaver eventually led to the Los Angeles Angels’ pitcher being ejected in the Mariners’ 3-1 victory on Wednesday night.