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23 Nori Aoki LF
Height/Weight: 5-9/180 | Birthdate: 1/5/1982 | Birthplace: Hyuga City, Miyazaki, Japan | Bats/Throws: L/R | Team: San Francisco | College: None | MLB Experience: 4 | Owned/Started%: 51/40 | Average Draft Position: 256.94
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Giants' Matt Duffy, Andrew Susac in Friday's lineup


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/1/2015) The Giants are going with Matt Duffy and Andrew Susac in Friday night's lineup for their game against the Angels. 

Duffy has been alternating starts at second base with Joe Panik and has been tabbed for this one. Susac is getting the start at catcher, meaning Buster Posey will play first base.

Brandon Belt is not starting as Nori Aoki is in the lineup and playing in left field. 


Giants' Bochy: 'No way' to take Justin Maxwell out of lineup


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) The Giants outfield is getting more crowded with the news that Brandon Belt will see more time in left field, and manager Bruce Bochy indicated that Justin Maxwell will continue to receive regular playing time when Hunter Pence returns from the disabled list, the San Jose Mercury News reports.

"There’s no way you can take Maxwell out of the lineup right now," Bochy said. "You’ve got to find a place to put him, with the way he’s been swinging."

Maxwell, who homered Saturday, has hit .308/.400/.615 with three home runs and nine RBI in 39 at-bats. Bochy mentioned the possibility of Maxwell and Pence manning the corners while center fielder Angel Pagan gets days off here and there.

"I could keep them all going, keep them all fresh," Bochy said.

If everyone's healthy, it appears that Nori Aoki could see the starkest reduction in playing time, despite him posting a .303/.391/.382 line with five stolen bases in 76 at-bats while serving as the team's regular leadoff batter.


Giants left fielder Nori Aoki back in the starting lineup Saturday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2015) Giants left fielder Nori Aoki returns to the starting lineup Saturday against the Giants and will bat lead off, reports CSN Bay Area.

Aoki, who received his first off day of the season Friday, is hitting .311 with three RBI in 74 at-bats this season. Also in the lineup Saturday is catcher Andrew Susac, with Buster Posey shifting to first base and moving Brandon Belt to the bench. Susac, making just his third start of the year, is hitting 3 for 8 with two strikeouts to start the year.


Giants rest Nori Aoki for the first time this season


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2015) Giants leadoff hitter Nori Aoki received the night off against the Rockies at Coors Field, according to the team's official website.

Aoki started in all 17 of San Francisco's games leading up to Friday. He is hitting .315/.375/.397 with four doubles, a triple, three RBI and four stolen bases in 80 plate appearances. Gregor Blanco filled in for Aoki at the leadoff spot and in left field.


Giants OF Aoki remains on roll with another two-hit game


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2015) Giants leadoff hitter Nori Aoki began the season hot and hasn't cooled off a bit. The latest example was a two-hit performance in a Tuesday defeat of the Dodgers. His infield single in the fourth drove in a run.

Aoki has at least two hits in eight of 15 games this year and boasts a fine slash line of .344./.408/.438. His on-base percentage leads the team and ranks 14th in the National League. He has been particularly hot lately with three consecutive two-hit games.


Giants OF Nori Aoki's hitting streak ends at nine games


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2015) Giants outfielder Nori Aoki failed to record a hit Wednesday against the Rockies for the first time in 10 games. He went 0 for 3 with one strikeout, one run and one stolen base. He reached base in the bottom of the first inning and scored on Angel Pagan's one-out RBI single.

Aoki is batting .375 (15 for 40) with one RBI, two doubles, five runs, six walks, five strikeouts and three stolen bases in 10 games.


Giants' Nori Aoki riding seven-game hitting streak to open season


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) Giants left fielder Nori Aoki has shined atop the lineup over the first week of the season, going 12 for 30 while racking up a seven-game hitting streak.

Aoki has doubled twice and drawn three walks to put together a .400/.455/.467 line with four runs scored in his first seven games. He's in his normal lineup spot for Monday's home opener against the Rockies, in which the Giants are favorites (-135).


Giants left fielder Norichika Aoki batting lead off Monday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2015) The Giants Opening Day lineup will go left fielder Norichika Aoki, second baseman Joe Panik, center fielder Angel Pagan, catcher Buster Posey, first baseman Brandon Belt, third baseman Casey McGehee, shortstop Brandon Crawford, right fielder Gregor Blanco and pitcher Madison Bumgarner.

It was uncertain where Aoki would be slotted in the lineup with manager Bruce Bochy experimenting with him leading off during spring training.


Giants' Bochy: Norichika Aoki sticking to left field for now


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2015) Giants manager Bruce Bochy has told outfielder Norichika Aoki that he'll only play left field for now, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area reports.

The team doesn't want Aoki, who spent most of his three seasons in Kansas City in right field, moving back and forth between corner outfield positions. The Giants will likely use Gregor Blanco in right field until Hunter Pence is ready to return.


Giants discussing Nori Aoki in left, Gregor Blanco in right


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/15/2015) Giants manager Bruce Bochy won't say it for sure, but the team is considering using Norichika Aoki in left field and Gregor Blanco in right field with Hunter Pence injured, reports MLB.com.

"That move has not been made," Bochy emphasized. "It's been in discussion."

Bochy likes how Aoki has looked in the outfield so far this spring.

"He's been fine out there," Bochy said of Aoki's right-field performance. But AT&T Park, Bochy added, features a "quirky outfield."


Giants experimenting with Norichika Aoki in the leadoff spot


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2015) The Giants are experimenting with using outfielder Norichika Aoki in the leadoff spot, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Aoki will hit leadoff on Tuesday with Angel Pagan sidelined. While Pagan is expected to claim the role once the regular season begins, manager Bruce Bochy said he would consider using Aoki in the leadoff role occasionally. When that happens, Pagan would hit in the third spot in the order. 

Aoki, 33, hit .285/.349/.360 over 491 at-bats last year. 


Belt, Posey, Pence to hit 3-4-5 in Giants' expected lineup


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/6/2015) Giants manager Bruce Bochy outlined the plans he has for the batting order in 2015, per the San Francisco Chronicle.

He expects Angel Pagan to hit leadoff. He will be followed by Joe Panik, Brandon Belt, Buster Posey, Hunter Pence, Casey McGehee, Norichika Aoki and Brandon Crawford. The pitcher will hit ninth.


Giants' Angel Pagan to open spring training as leadoff hitter


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/20/2015) Giants centerfielder Angel Pagan will open spring training as the the leadoff hitter, but it is subject to change, according to San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy.

He also mentioned the lineup could change if the club determines the lineup is better with newly acquired Norichika Aoki as the leadoff hitter in the lineup.

Hitting as the leadoff man for most of the 2014 season, Pagan hit .300 with a .389 slugging percentage and 21 doubles.


Giants manager Bochy expects Aoki to be everyday left fielder


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/20/2015) Giants manager Bruce Bochy told reporters Tuesday he is expecting newly acquired outfielder Norichika Aoki to become the everyday left fielder in San Francisco. Bochy also said Aoki would spell Angel Pagan in center and Hunter Pence in right. 

Aoki replaces Michael Morse in left, who signed with the Marlins during the offseason.

Aoki signed a one-year, $4 million deal with San Francisco Friday after spending last season with the Royals, where he .285 with 43 RBI in 2014. 


Norichika Aoki agrees to one-year, $4M deal with the Giants


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) Free agent outfielder Norichika Aoki has agreed to a one-year contract with the Giants, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

He will make $4 million, plus performance bonuses. He has a 2016 option, which includes a $700,000 buyout. The max Aoki can make on the deal is $12.5 million.

The Giants will be the third MLB team for the 33-year-old Aoki, who played for the Brewers from 2012-13 and the Royals in 2014. He is a career .287 hitter with a .353 on-base percentage, .387 slugging percentage and .741 OPS in three MLB seasons.

He has a career .990 fielding percentage and can play all three outfield positions. However, he has mostly played in right field.


Following Gattis trade, outfielder Norichika Aoki on Braves' radar


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/15/2015) With the trade of Evan Gattis, outfielder Norichika Aoki is on the Braves' radar, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. The Orioles, Blue Jays and Giants are also among other teams interested in Aoki.

The Braves have a need for another outfielder with the trade of Gattis, per Heyman. The team likes Cuban outfielder Dian Toscano, who they signed this offseason. Heyman also suggests veteran outfielder B.J. Upton might get a fair amount of playing time in the outfield in a chance to showcase the veteran outfielder for a trade.


Report: Norichika Aoki seeking a three-year deal


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/4/2015) Former Royals outfielder Norichika Aoki is seeking a three-year deal, according to the Boston Globe

Aoki may want three years, but teams have been hesitant to add a third season to any contract offer. The Orioles are said to have interest in the 32-year-old outfielder as a possible replacement for Nick Markakis. The Giants also remain a possibility, according to the report. Aoki hit .285/.349/.360 over 491 at-bats. 


Three teams showing interest in Norichika Aoki


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/17/2014) The Orioles, Reds and Mariners are among the teams looking at outfielder Norichika Aoki, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

The 32-year-old Aoki hit .285/.349/.360 over 491 at-bats last year. With the Royals signing Alex Rios earlier in the week, Aoki will likely have to move on with a different club. 


Outfielders Aoki, Rasmus, Young on radar for Orioles


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2014) After losing outfielders Nelson Cruz and Nick Markakis in free agency, the Orioles are talking to outfielders Norichika Aoki, Colby Rasmus and Delmon Young, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Report: Orioles have 'limited' interest in OF Norichika Aoki


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/6/2014) The Orioles have "limited" interest in free-agent outfielder Norichika Aoki, masnsports.com reports.

The Orioles have a hole to fill in the outfield after losing Nick Markakis in free agency, but they've indicated a willingness to roll with internal options if the right deal isn't struck. CBSSports.com baseball insider Jon Heyman reported in November that Aoki was seeking a three-year deal.

Aoki hit .285/.349/.360 with one home run, 43 RBI and 17 stolen bases in 491 at-bats in 2014. He's proven to be a tough out for left-handers in his three-year career and hit .363/.428/.435 against southpaws this past season.


Free agent Norichika Aoki looking for three-year deal


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/10/2014) Free agent outfielder Norichika Aoki is seeking a three-year deal in free agency, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. The Reds and Royals are among interested teams, but the Royals seem more focused on signing veteran outfielder Torii Hunter.

The 32-year-old Aoki spent the 2014 season with the Royals, batting .285 with one home run, 22 doubles and 43 RBI in 132 games. He then hit .195 in 14 postseason games.


Jocketty: Reds targeting Michael Morse, Norichika Aoki


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/7/2014) Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said Friday that his team will target outfielders Michael Morse and Norichika Aoki in free agency, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

The Reds prefer to add to the offense via free agency rather than through a trade, and the outfield is a clear area of need, as none of the team's outfielders who logged at least 200 at-bats in 2014 was able to manage an OPS of .700 or better. A free-agent addition would presumably be brought in to man left field next to Billy Hamilton and Jay Bruce.


Norichika Aoki on tear in leading Royals roll offensively


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2014) The Royals have picked it up lately offensively and right fielder Norichika Aoki is greatly responsible.

Aoki has been white-hot with 11 hits in his last 13 at-bats to raise his average 16 points to .281 - no easy feat at this time of year. That mark is at its highest point since May 25, but his overall hot streak has extended back to Aug. 27. Aoki has hit safely in all but four games since then and is 28 for 72 during that stretch.


Norichika Aoki heating up from top of lineup


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/14/2014) Royals right fielder Norichika Aoki has thrived since returning to the top of the lineup on July 26, where he hit almost exclusively until slumping early that month.

Aoki has 19 hits and 12 runs scored in his last 16 games. He has six hits in his last nine at-bats with five runs scored in his last three starts. His average has soared from .258 to .273 in the last three weeks, its highest point since May 26.


Norichika Aoki rips grand slam in defeat of Diamondbacks


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/6/2014) Royals right fielder Norichika Aoki only contributed one hit to his team's 15-hit attack Tuesday night in Arizona. But he had the biggest one of all.

Aoki blasted off with the bases loaded in the fifth inning to cap an eight-run inning and stretch the lead to 11-1. He has hit safely in seven of his last game with six RBI and four runs in the last three combined.