Iwakuma Shaky In Mariners 9-3 Loss To Yomiuri

Iwakuma shaky in Mariners 9-3 loss to YomiuriHisashi Iwakuma had a shaky return to Japan on Monday, giving up six runs over four innings in the Seattle Mariners' 9-3 loss to the Yomiuri Giants in an exhibition game at Tokyo Dome.

Dustin Ackley hit a solo homer to left in the top of the first inning off Yomiuri starter D. J. Houlton, but the lead didn't last long as former Philadelphia Phillies outfielder John Bowker responded with a solo shot of his own off Iwakuma in the bottom of the first.

Baseball: Iwakuma To Start Season In Mariners Bullpen

Baseball: Iwakuma to start season in Mariners bullpenJapanese right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma will begin his rookie season as a reliever, Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge announced Wednesday.

''We are going to have Iwakuma in the bullpen and he is going to serve as our long guy as well as middle relief,'' Wedge said. ''Quite frankly, I think that's the best way to transition him this year, with the history he had last year with health, introducing him to this (major league) game and helping him initially get off to a good start.

Baseball: Iwakuma Hits The Pen, Finds Mlb Ball Slippery

Baseball: Iwakuma hits the pen, finds MLB ball slipperyThe Seattle Mariners' Hisashi Iwakuma threw his first bullpen session Monday, finding the major league ball a little slick for his liking.   The ball was "much more slippery than I thought it would be," Iwakuma said after throwing 43 pitches, under the gaze of manager Eric Wedge and pitching coach Carl Willis.