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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%: 65/6 | Average Draft Position: 256.08
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Giants place OF Nori Aoki on 15-day disabled list


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/24/2015) In an unsurprising move, the Giants have officially placed outfielder Nori Aoki on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured right fibula. Aoki is likely to miss a significant amount of time with the injury, though a return timetable has not been announced.

Travis Ishikawa was recalled from Triple-A to replace Aoki on the 25-man roster. 


Giants OF Nori Aoki suffers fractured leg, manager says


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/24/2015) Giants outfielder Nori Aoki has been diagnosed with a fractured right fibula, manager Bruce Bochy said following Tuesday's game. Aoki was hit by a pitch on Saturday, and missed Sunday's contest. Aoki was originally in Tuesday's lineup, but was scratched when he felt increased pain after he ran sprints.

"I was definitely surprised," Aoki said, per the San Francisco Chronicle. “I came here ready to play. It was really weird that it got really worse at that point."

There is currently no timetable for Aoki's return, but it appears he will be sidelined for a significant amount of time.

"It’s a blow for us,” Bochy said. "You hate to see it happen to him."

With Aoki out and Hunter Pence (forearm) still on the shelf, Justin Maxwell and Gregor Blanco figure to get an increase in playing time. Brandon Belt, who has made three starts in left field this season, could also get an extended look.

It is not clear if the Giants will seek outside help to fill the void in the outfield.


Giants scratch Nori Aoki (leg) from Tuesday's game


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/23/2015) Giants outfielder Nori Aoki has been scratched from Tuesday night's game against the Padres with a left leg contusion, the team announced.

Gregor Blanco is moving from right field to left field and will now bat first. Filling in for Aoki and playing right field will be outfielder Justin Maxwell. Maxwell, who holds a .226/.275/.387 slash line, will bat eighth. 


Giants LF Nori Aoki back in the starting lineup on Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/23/2015) Giants left fielder Nori Aoki has returned to the starting lineup for Tuesday's matchup with the Padres. Aoki exited Saturday's game after being hit by a pitch in the leg, and did not play on Sunday. But, following a scheduled off-day, Aoki is able to to return on Tuesday.

The Giants will be glad to have Aoki and his .317 season batting average back at the top of the lineup.


Giants' Bruce Bochy hopes RF Nori Aoki can start Tuesday


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/21/2015) Giants manager Bruce Bochy is hopeful right fielder Nori Aoki will be available to start on Tuesday against the Padres, per CSNBayArea.com.

Aoki was hit in the leg by a pitch during Saturday's game and left the game after scoring a run. He received treatment prior to Sunday's game, so it's possible he might be ready for a pinch-hit opportunity if it presents itself.


Nori Aoki not in Giants' lineup, Buster Posey, Brandon Belt move spots


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/21/2015) Giants left fielder Nori Aoki is not in the lineup for Sunday night's game. 

Aoki was hit in the leg by a pitch in Saturday' game and had to leave the contest.

Brandon Belt moved from first base to left field to replace Aoki. Buster Posey moved from catcher to first to cover for Belt's absence.  


Giants LF Nori Aoki suffered leg contusion against Dodgers


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/20/2015) Giants left fielder Nori Aoki suffered a leg contusion when he was hit by a pitch against the Dodgers on Saturday, per the San Jose Mercury News.

Aoki was hit on his lower right leg during the top of the first inning. He remained in the game and eventually scored before coming out of the game prior to the bottom of the first inning.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Aoki is "day-to-day" but he will be listed as doubtful for tomorrow's game.


Giants LF Nori Aoki leaves game after being hit by pitch


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/20/2015) Giants left fielder Nori Aoki was hit by a pitch on his right ankle to start off the game against the Dodgers on Saturday, per the San Jose Mercury News.

Aoki remained in the game initially and eventually scored from third base on a sacrifice fly, but he was limping noticeably while running the bases. He left the game before the bottom of the first inning and was replaced in left field by Gregor Blanco.

Aoki is hitting .317 with two home runs and 19 RBI in 262 at-bats this season.


Giants OF Nori Aoki picks up four hits in win


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/10/2015) Giants outfielder Nori Aoki recorded four hits during Wednesday evening's 8-5 win over the Mets. 

Aoki went 4 for 5 and scored two runs. All four of his hits went for singles. He now has a slash line of .333/.402/.413 this season. 


OF Nori Aoki sparks Giants in triumph


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(6/6/2015) Outfielder Nori Aoki continues to produce from the top of the Giants' order, as the speedy leadoff man went 3-for-3 with two RBIs in a 7-5 victory over the Phillies on Saturday. 

Aoki got the Giants going in the first inning, scoring the game's first run after opening the game with a single. He then added a pair of RBIs in the fourth with a soft single to center. 

Aoki is now slashing an impressive .324/.398/.410 for San Francisco this season. 


Giants LF Nori Aoki gets the night off against Phillies


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/5/2015) Giants left fielder Nori Aoki received the night off Friday against Philadelphia, per MLB.com. With Aoki on the bench, manager Bruce Bochy inserted Gregor Blanco into the top of the order and in left field.

Aoki is dealing with the flu, which is the reason he is out of Friday's lineup, according to CSN Bay Area.

Aoki is hitting .314 (65 for 207) with two homers, 15 RBI and 12 stolen bases in 53 games.


Giants' Nori Aoki homers, steals base Monday vs. Brewers


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2015) Giants left fielder Nori Aoki went 4 for 4 with a walk, a home run, two RBI , two runs scored and a stolen base in his team's 8-4 win over the Brewers on Monday.

Aoki smacked a solo home run in the third and was able to contribute an RBI single during a seven-run sixth inning. His fourth hit could have been ruled an error, but the scorer ultimately gave the visiting leadoff man an infield hit in the eighth inning. Aoki has hit .312 with two home runs, 15 RBI, 20 runs scored and 11 stolen bases in 170 at-bats.


Giants' Brandon Crawford sits, Joaquin Arias in at shortstop


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2015) Shorstop Brandon Crawford is sitting out of Sunday's series-finale against the Rockies. 

Crawford rested on Thursday and appears to be doing the same for this game as well. In his place at shortstop will be Joaquin Arias, who is penciled in to bat eighth. 

Buster Posey and Nori Aoki are in the lineup after playing one game of Saturday's doubleheader. 


Giants' Angel Pagan out for second game of DH; Nori Aoki in


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/23/2015) Giants center fielder Angel Pagan is out of the lineup for the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Rockies. Pagan went 1 for 5 and scored a run in the first game, and has now hit safely in five of his last six games. 

Gregor Blanco, who started in left field and went doubled and scored in the first game, will slide over to center in the night cap. 

Nori Aoki is back in the lineup in left field for the second game, after getting the first game off to rest. 


Giants' Nori Aoki collects three hits, steals base Sunday


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/17/2015) Giants left fielder Nori Aoki went 3 for 6 with three RBI and a stolen base in his team's 9-8 win over the Reds on Sunday.

Aoki was out of the starting lineup for the team's first three games against the Reds but made up for lost time in the finale, racking up three singles while driving in a pair of runs in the second inning and another in the seventh. He has hit .291/.367/.378 with one home run, 12 RBI and 10 stolen bases in 148 at-bats.


Giants' Bochy: Nori Aoki will 'be out there, for the most part'


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/17/2015) The Giants have an excess of capable outfielders with the return of Hunter Pence, and although left fielder Nori Aoki was out of the starting lineup for three straight games this week, manager Bruce Bochy said on Sunday that Aoki would play regularly, MLB.com reports.

Aoki was on the bench Thursday through Saturday, with Gregor Blanco leading off and starting in left field. Blanco shifted to center field Sunday and dropped to seventh in the order with Aoki rejoining the lineup.

"Nori is going to be out there, for the most part," Bochy said. "As for Blanco, I can't compliment him enough. Here is a guy who started every postseason game for us, and he hasn't been playing much. He stayed ready, got some playing time, and now it's hard to keep him out of the lineup."

Blanco started over Angel Pagan, who left Saturday's game with back spasms and will get back-to-back days off with the team not scheduled to play Monday.


Gregor Blanco again in Giants lineup over Nori Aoki


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/16/2015) Red-hot Gregor Blanco is apparently too red-hot to remove from the lineup. He is leading off for the third straight game for the Giants while Nori Aoki sits again Saturday in Cincinnati.

Blanco has seven hits and three walks in his last 13 at-bats. He has scored four runs during that four-game stretch.

Aoki has not performed poorly overall, but has slumped recently. He is batting .200 since May 5.


Giants give LF Nori Aoki another day of rest


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2015) Giants left fielder Nori Aoki was not included in the starting lineup for the second consecutive day on Friday against the Reds. Gregor Blanco will lead off for San Francisco and play left field in his absence.

The 33-year-old Japanese veteran is hitting .275 (38 for 138) with one home run, nine RBI and a .359 on-base percentage in 34 games.

San Francisco is an underdog (-140) at Cincinnati.


Giants give leadoff hitter Nori Aoki a breather


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2015) For the second time this season, Giants left fielder Nori Aoki was not included in the starting lineup. He was given the night off Thursday against Cincinnati. Gregor Blanco will lead off for San Francisco and play left field.

Aoki is hitting .275 (38 for 138) with one home run, nine RBI and a .359 on-base percentage in 34 games.

San Francisco is an underdog (+150) at Cincinnati.


Giants' Nori Aoki collects two hits, steals base Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/11/2015) Giants left fielder Nori Aoki went 2 for 4 with one walk, one RBI, one run and one stolen base in his team's 3-2 win over the Marlins Sunday.

Aoki started out the season on a hot stretch, hitting .344/.408/.438 in his first 15 games. He's cooled off a bit since but still owns a .282/.361/.366 line while serving as the team's leadoff hitter. Aoki has also managed to swipe nine bases on the season.


Nori Aoki, Joe Panik deliver back-to-back first-inning homers for Giants


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/3/2015) Nori Aoki and Joe Panik delivered back-to-back home runs in the first inning Sunday in the Giants' victory over Jered Weaver and the Angels.

Neither Aoki and Panik had homered this season before hitting their back-to-back blasts.

"For Nori to hit a home run, OK," Panik said. "For me to hit a home run, OK. But for us to do it back-to-back like that, I don't think the oddsmakers would have pretty good odds on that one. Nori did a great job obviously, setting the tone."

"Everyone looked surprised," Aoki said of his teammates' reaction.


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.