Baseball: Iwakuma Makes 1st Start Of Year In Minors

Baseball: Iwakuma makes 1st start of year in minorsThe Seattle Mariners' Hisashi Iwakuma made his first rehab start of the season, pitching four innings for Triple-A Tacoma on Sunday.
Iwakuma, on the disabled list with an injured right middle finger, allowed three runs -- two earned -- on six hits, striking out two and walking none against Las Vegas.

Baseball: Iwakuma Shuts Down Tigers For 13th Win

Baseball: Iwakuma shuts down Tigers for 13th winSeattle starter Hisashi Iwakuma enhanced his reputation as one of the top pitchers in the American League this term by tossing eight scoreless innings in the Mariners' 8-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday.
Iwakuma allowed four hits over the eight frames to improve his record to 13-6 with a 2.76 ERA in the win at Comerica Park.

Baseball: Iwakuma Tagged With 5th Loss

Baseball: Iwakuma tagged with 5th lossHisashi Iwakuma lost a duel with 2012 Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey as the Seattle Mariners fell 3-1 to the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday night.

Iwakuma (10-5) scattered four hits and allowed two runs over 7-1/3 innings, while Dickey (9-11) yielded just one run, despite giving up eight hits in 7-2/3 innings.

Baseball: Iwakuma Superb But M's Come Around Too Late

Baseball: Iwakuma superb but M's come around too lateHisashi Iwakuma had another strong start for Seattle but the Mariners' bats woke up too late in a 2-1 win against the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday.

Iwakuma (2-1) missed out on his third win of the season despite striking out eight in six innings, allowing no earned runs and just three hits.

Baseball: Mariners Hand Iwakuma 2-year Extension

Baseball: Mariners hand Iwakuma 2-year extensionThe Seattle Mariners announced Friday they have extended the contract of Japanese right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma through the 2014 season with an option for the 2015 campaign.

The 31-year-old Iwakuma went 9-5 with two saves and a 3.16 ERA overall in 30 appearances, including 8-4, 2.65 ERA in 16 starts. His ERA as a starter set a rookie club record, bettering the previous mark of 2.67 by Felix Hernandez in 2005.

Baseball: Iwakuma Sets Mariners Rookie Record For Starters Era

Baseball: Iwakuma sets Mariners rookie record for starters ERAHisashi Iwakuma marked his final outing of the season on a record-breaking note Tuesday, pitching six shutout innings in the Seattle Mariners 6-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels.

Iwakuma (9-5) lowered his ERA to 2.65 in 16 starts to set a Mariners record for lowest ERA by a starting pitcher in his first big league season. Felix Hernandez set the previous record with a 2.67 ERA in 2005.

Baseball: Iwakuma Struggles, Picks Up 1st Career Save

Baseball: Iwakuma struggles, picks up 1st career saveThe Mariners' Hisashi Iwakuma recorded the first save of his professional career on Wednesday, when he allowed three runs in the final three innings of the Seattle's 21-8 win over the Texas Rangers.

Iwakuma had pitched in 226 games over 11 Pacific League seasons for the Kintetsu Buffaloes and Rakuten Eagles but had been used primarily as a starter.