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Do the San Francisco Giants have enough offense?

Even in their three World Series championship years, the San Francisco Giants have never been considered an offensive juggernaut; rather, they’ve been thought of as a team that gets just enough offense to back up their stellar pitching. But that’s not an entirely accurate portrayal of the Giants. They’ve fielded dangerous lineups in all of their championship years, even...
Via The Outside Corner
June 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals rumors: Nori Aoki edition

Nori Aoki was a big part of the team’s success last season ( The Kansas City Royals are still looking for a right fielder to help complete their 2015 lineup. Norichika Aoki played in all but 30 games for the Royals last season and was a valuable asset to the ballclub all year long. With Aoki becoming a free agent after the 2014 season, the Royals will need to negotiate...
November 28, 2014  |  Discuss

One Man’s Trash: Aoki Dokey

After a disappointing first half Norichika Aoki has really turned it on, resulting in a +46% spike in ownership which made him this week's most added player. Most fantasy owners invested in the Royals' outfielder expecting a high average, lots of runs scored, and a steals total somewhere in the twenties. But prior to the All-Star break, Aoki was hitting a ho-hum .260 with seven...
Via Razzball
August 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals Injury Update: Nori Aoki will start rehab Monday

Kansas City Royals outfielder Nori Aoki will begin a rehab stint with Double-A Northwest Arkansas on Monday, reports Andy McCullough of The Kansas City Star. Nori Aoki is headed to NWA for a rehab stint starting tomorrow.— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughStar) July 6, 2014 By Keith Allison on Flickr (Originally posted to Flickr as "Norichika Aoki") [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons...
Via Sports Injury Alert
July 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Yadier Molina hits Norichika Aoki in head with throw

This is one of the more odd, more frightening things we’ve seen in awhile. Two pitches into Thursday’s Cardinals-Royals game, after Michael Wacha threw a ball to Norichika Aoki, Yadier Molina’s throw back to Wacha smashed Aoki in the head. It was clearly a freak accident, as neither Molina or Aoki did anything that wasn’t normal. Regardless, it’s pretty scary – there...
Via The Outside Corner
June 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Norichika is 'Aoki Dokie' and so is the Royals' bullpen in home opener

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- What the Royals' 7-5 win over the White Sox in the Kauffman Stadium home opener lacked in grace it certainly made up for in terms of necessity. With the home folks a little skittish after the Royals suffered back-to-back walk-off losses in Detroit, the Royals took care of business at home with a 13-hit effort that likely eased concerns. 3 UP THE CLOSER(S) Thank...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
April 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Player Profile #168: Norichika Aoki | OF | KC

Norichika Aoki came over the the states before the 2012 season at 30 years of age. Now in his third year, the 32-year-old, speedy, slap hitting, probably-should-be-better-at-defense outfielder will suit up for the Royals, a team that really kind of needs to win this year after selling their soul to the Rays for two years of James Shields. First, I’d like to praise Aoki on his incredible...
Via Baseball Professor
January 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Aoki gives Kansas City Royals a true leadoff hitter

The Royals may have found their leadoff hitter for 2014. Kansas City swung a deal this week, sending left-handed pitcher Will Smith to Milwaukee in exchange for Norichika Aoki. With Alex Gordon hitting in the leadoff spot for most of the season in 2013, the Royals struggled to get prototypical production from that spot in the lineup. In 2013, Royals’ leadoff hitters ranked in...
Via i70baseball
December 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Royals acquire outfielder Aoki from Milwaukee

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Royals indeed landed a right fielder to bolster their offense. But it wasn't Carlos Beltran. At least not yet. Staying aggressive as the Beltran sweepstakes play out, Royals general manager Dayton Moore landed Milwaukee right fielder Norichika Aoki on Thursday for left-hander Will Smith. Aoki, 31, played mostly right field for the Brewers the past two seasons...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
December 05, 2013  |  Discuss

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