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18 Hisashi Iwakuma SP
Height/Weight: 6-3/210 | Birthdate: 4/12/1981 | Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Seattle | College: None | MLB Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 97/79 | Average Draft Position: 137.67
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Hisashi Iwakuma chased in third inning Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2014) Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma recorded just seven outs in a no-decision Sunday, allowing five earned runs on six hits and one walk in 2 1/3 innings and striking out one in his team's 8-6 win over the Red Sox.

Iwakuma was staked to a 3-0 lead after the top of the first inning but gave all three runs back in the bottom of the first. He then surrendered two more runs in the third before being removed with one out, giving him his shortest outing of the season and his first start with less than six innings since the end of June. Iwakuma owns a 2.83 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 121:13 K:BB ratio in 149 1/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Nationals Friday.


Hisashi Iwakuma turns in a fantastic start Tuesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2014) Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma turned in a fantastic start Tuesday against the Phillies.

Iwakuma allowed four hits over eight scoreless innings. He struck out 11 and did not issue any walks during the outing. Iwakuma never put more than one man on per inning. He gave up all four of his hits early. The last of the four came in the fifth inning. Iwakuma was perfect over his last three innings. The Mariners ran into trouble in the ninth, nearly blowing the game for Iwakuma. They were able to work out of the jam, giving Iwakuma the win.

With the win, Iwakuma improved to 12-6. He’ll take on the Rangers in his next start.


Hisashi Iwakuma holds Blue Jays scoreless in win Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/14/2014) Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma earned a win Wednesday, allowing five hits and one walk in 6 2/3 scoreless innings and striking out five in his team's 2-0 victory over the Blue Jays.

Iwakuma (11-6) gave up one run in each of his previous two starts, with both runs coming on solo home runs, before holding the Blue Jays completely at bay Wednesday. He was pulled after recording the second out of the seventh inning with a man of first, but the bullpen kept Toronto off the scoreboard in the inning. Iwakuma owns a 2.72 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 109:12 K:BB ratio in 139 innings. He's scheduled to face the Phillies Monday.


Hisashi Iwakuma tosses seven one-run innings in win Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/9/2014) Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma earned a win Friday, allowing just one earned run on five hits in seven innings while striking out three and walking none in his team's 4-1 victory over the White Sox.

Iwakuma (10-6) fell behind 1-0 after a fourth-inning solo home run, but that would be his only blemish on the night, and he cruised to a win after the offense delivered four runs in the fifth. Iwakuma owns a 2.86 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 104:11 K:BB ratio in 132 1/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Blue Jays Wednesday.


Mariners making adjustments to rotation plans


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/4/2014) The Mariners have made a change to their rotation plans in order to have Felix Hernandez, Chris Young and Hisashi Iwakuma pitch in a series against Toronto next week, according to The News Tribune.

The rotation this week will feature Hernandez and Young in a two-game series against Atlanta, which starts Tuesday. It will then be Roenis Elias, Iwakuma and James Paxton to open a series against the White Sox, which starts Thursday.

Seattle is pushing back Hernandez to Monday and that leaves an open date Sunday. The News Tribune suggests Taijuan Walker and Erasmo Ramirez are the top two candidates to be recalled to make that start. Walker is slated to pitch Monday for Triple-A Tacoma.


Hisashi Iwakuma falls short in pitchers' duel Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/3/2014) Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma was a hard-luck loser Sunday, giving up just one earned run on five hits and two walks in 7 2/3 innings and striking out seven in his team's 1-0 defeat against the Orioles.

Iwakuma (9-6) gave up a solo home run in the bottom of the first inning, and while he was able to hold the Baltimore offense at bay for the remainder of the game, his offense couldn't come through with any scoring. He owns a 2.94 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 101:11 K:BB ratio in 125 1/3 innings. Iwakuma is slated to face the White Sox Saturday.


Hisashi Iwakuma strikes out six in win vs. Indians


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma earned a win Tuesday, giving up two earned runs on six hits and one walk in seven innings and striking out six in his team's 5-2 victory over the Indians.

Iwakuma (9-5) hadn't issued a walk in five straight starts coming into Tuesday, but he walked a batter in the first inning to end his streak. The only two runs he surrendered came after his offense gave him a 5-0 lead. Iwakuma owns a 3.06 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 94:9 K:BB ratio in 117 2/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Orioles Sunday.


Four-run inning proves costly for Hisashi Iwakuma vs. O's


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/25/2014) Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma was not at his best on Thursday against the Orioles, dropping to 8-5 on the season.

Iwakuma permitted a run-scoring single to Nick Markakis and a three-run home run to Delmon Young in the third inning for his only blemishes of the night. The right-hander was charged with four runs on seven hits and no walks while striking out five over seven innings of a 4-0 defeat. Of his 96 pitches, 73 were strikes.

Iwakuma owns a 3.09 ERA and a 0.99 WHIP over 16 starts (110 2/3 innings). His next start will come Tuesday at Cleveland.

Mariners give Hisashi Iwakuma, Felix Hernandez extra day


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/21/2014) The Mariners have announced plans to push pitchers Hisashi Iwakuma and Felix Hernandez back one day.

Iwakuma is now the scheduled starter Thursday in the opening game of a four-game series against the Orioles, while Hernandez is tabbed to start Friday. The team has yet to announce a replacement for Wednesday's start.


Hisashi Iwakuma goes seven strong in no-decision


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/19/2014) Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma continued his string of dominant outings but was unable to factor into the decision Friday night against the Angels in Anaheim. The right-hander yielded two runs on six hits and no walks while striking out three over seven innings of work.

Over his last four starts covering 28 2/3 innings, Iwakuma has allowed only five earned runs. He owns a 2.95 ERA and a 0.99 WHIP over 15 starts (103 2/3 innings). His next start will come Wednesday at home against the Mets. He is 4-4 with a 2.81 ERA in nine starts at Safeco Field this season.


Mariners line up post-break rotation


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/13/2014) Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon announced his team's post-All-Star-break rotation plans Sunday, and Hisashi Iwakuma was given the nod to start the second-half opener Friday against the Angels.

He will be followed by Felix Hernandez and Chris Young in the three-game series at Los Angeles. Roenis Elias will then open a series at home against the Mets July 21, but McClendon did not announce a starter for the second game of the New York series. 

It is assumed Taijuan Walker will rejoin the rotation from Triple-A Tacoma. However, McClendon didn't seem pleased with how Walker fared for Tacoma Saturday, according to MLB.com. Walker allowed one run on four hits and one walk in five innings, but he needed 83 pitches and had only one strikeout. McClendon said the bar needs to be raised for Walker.


Hisashi Iwakuma nearly goes the distance in win over A's


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/13/2014) Mariners starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma nearly went the distance Saturday against the A's, improving to 8-4 on the season. The right-hander yielded a two-run home run to Brandon Moss in the ninth inning, which prevented a complete game shutout. He permitted two runs on five hits and no walks while striking out eight over 8 2/3 innings of a 6-2 win.

Iwakuma enters the All-Star break with a 2.98 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP over 14 starts (96 2/3 innings). He will look to win his fourth straight decision in his next start after the break, though the Mariners have yet to announce their pitching plans for next week.

Hisashi Iwakuma, Chris Young set for weekend series


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/10/2014) The Mariners set their rotation for this weekend's series against the Athletics Wednesday, according to The News Tribune.

Felix Hernandez was bumped back a day to start Friday, as previously announced. Hisashi Iwakuma will follow him Saturday, and Chris Young will get one more start before the All-Star break, set for Sunday's first half closer.


Hisashi Iwakuma strikes out 10 in win vs. Twins


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2014) Mariners Hisashi Iwakuma was at the top of his game in Monday's win, giving up just four hits in seven scoreless innings while striking out 10 and walking none in his team's 2-0 win over the Twins.

Iwakuma (7-4) continues to dominate the Twins, against whom he's delivered 33 2/3 scoreless innings while racking up five wins in five career starts. After struggling at the end of June, the Mariners pitcher has put together strong efforts in back-to-back starts. Iwakuma owns a 3.07 ERA and 72:8 K:BB ratio in 88 innings. He's scheduled to face the A's Sunday.


Hisashi Iwakuma's sixth win comes easy


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2014) The Mariners backed up Hisashi Iwakuma Tuesday, in a 13-2 win over the Astros.

Iwakuma got tons of support in the win, though he didn't need much help. He limited the Astros to just one run in six innings, while scattering seven hits without a walk. Iwakuma struck out seven batters to match his season-high, while throwing just 83 pitches in the win.

Iwakuma improved his record to 6-4 with the win, just his third in his last eight starts. He has a 3.33 ERA heading into his next start, set for Monday against the Twins.  


Hisashi Iwakuma blames struggles on pitch location


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/1/2014) Mariners starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma heads into his start Tuesday at Houston having gone 1-2 with a 5.18 ERA and .306 opponents' batting average in his last four starts.

Iwakuma has been battling neck soreness, but he said pitch location has been the reason for his struggles, per MLB.com.

"I need to reflect on what I've done wrong and prepare for my next start," Iwakuma said afterward through interpreter Antony Suzuki. "I was just mislocating in critical situations, and they took advantage. I did feel it, but it's not affecting my pitching at all. I'm able to go through my routines, and I'm responsible for the last two starts."


Hisashi Iwakuma takes loss in short outing Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/26/2014) Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma was hit with a loss Wednesday after giving up five earned runs on eight hits and one walk in four-plus innings while striking out three in his team's 5-4 defeat against the Red Sox.

Iwakuma (5-4) surrendered a two-run home run in the top of the first inning and two more runs in the third before putting the first three batters of the fifth inning on base and getting removed. Only one of the inherited runners would score, but Iwakuma has given up 10 earned runs in nine innings over his last two starts while battling a stiff neck. He owns a 3.48 ERA and 55:8 K:BB ratio in 75 innings heading into Tuesday's scheduled start against the Astros.


Hisashi Iwakuma dealing with neck issue


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/25/2014) Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma is still dealing with some neck pain, according to the Tacoma News Tribune.

Manager Lloyd McClendon said Iwakuma still isn't 100 percent recovered, but stressed that it wasn't impacting his perfomance. When asked about his recovery, Iwakuma kept it vague, saying things were "good." 

Through 71 innings, Iwakuma has a 3.04 ERA. 


Hisashi Iwakuma falters late in no-decision


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/21/2014) Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma was able to take the mound despite a stiff neck Friday, but he struggled to get through a 7-5 win over the Royals.

Iwakuma settled for a no-decision, as he needed the offense to bail him out despite a big early lead. Iwakuma cruised through much of the outing, but was tagged for five runs in the fifth and sixth inning, while finishing just five innings. He allowed five runs on nine hits and a walk in his five innings of work, while striking out five on 76 pitches.

Iwakuma had logged three quality starts in a row prior to Friday's and the neck does not appear to be the reason for his struggles. He remains 5-3 with a 3.04 ERA heading into his start against the Red Sox Wednesday.  


Neck issue won't hold back Hisashi Iwakuma


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/20/2014) Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma will make his scheduled start Friday.

Iwakuma is dealing with neck issues, but was not expected to miss time. He's listed in the team's starting lineup, so he should be good to go. Iwakuma has a 2.59 ERA over 66 innings.


Hisashi Iwakuma on track to start Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/19/2014) Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma is still receiving treatment for his stiff neck, but is expected to make his start on Friday against the Royals, the Seattle Times reports.

"I'm feeling much better," Iwakuma said. "I did my flat ground yesterday and I wasn't feeling anything. It's good progress. Hopefully, it turns out to be nothing tomorrow against Kansas City."

Hisashi Iwakuma not throwing off mound between starts


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/19/2014) Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma did not make his between-starts bullpen session Wednesday, but that was expected as he tried to work his way back from a sore neck.

Iwakuma was limited to playing catch off flat ground for the second day in a row, but he is still expected to make his next start Friday against the Royals.

"He's progressing," manager Lloyd McClendon told MLB.com. "It's better every day. Not 100 percent, but he's better."


Hisashi Iwakuma (neck) not expected to miss next start


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/17/2014) Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma continues to deal with neck stiffness and might miss his between-starts bullpen session this week. However, he is not expected to miss his next scheduled start Friday at Kansas City.

Hisashi Iwakuma dealing with neck stiffness


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/16/2014) Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma is taking Monday off from throwing due to a stiff neck, but the injury isn't expected to affect his availability moving forward, 710 AM ESPN Seattle reports.

Iwakuma almost missed Sunday's start with the neck stiffness but pitched through the issue, giving up one earned run in eight innings. He'll likely continue to ease off his normal throwing schedule for as long as the problem persists, but it isn't expect to cost him a start. Iwakuma has been great so far, going 5-3 with a 2.59 ERA and 47:6 K:BB ratio in 66 innings.


Hisashi Iwakuma twirls a gem in win over Rangers


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2014) Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma bounced back with a gem on Sunday at home against the Rangers, earning his fifth win of the season. Iwakuma (5-3) allowed one earned run on six hits and no walks while striking out six in eight innings of a 5-1 victory.

Iwakuma has lasted at least seven innings in each of his last three starts. He owns a 2.59 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP in nine starts (66 innings). He will make his next start Friday at Kansas City. Hes struck out seven and tossed eight scoreless frames his last time out against the Royals on May 8.