TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto Blue Jays are carrying 13 pitchers and 13 position players on their roster for the wild-card series against the Seattle Mariners, including former Seattle All-Star left-hander Yusei Kikuchi, who lost his spot in the rotation this season.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay's two-year reign as AL East champion is over.
George Springer homered twice, Alejandro Kirk and Teoscar Hernández also went deep and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Rays 7-1 on Sunday to gain a four-game split.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — First-year manager Mark Kotsay walked up the tunnel after another impressive victory by his Athletics and tried to remember the last winning series at home.
“To be honest, I don't think I can reflect on it, so it does feel good to get a series win here at home," Kotsay said.
TORONTO (AP) — Teoscar Hernández and Santiago Espinal each hit two-run home runs, Yusei Kikuchi struck out a season-high eight over six innings to snap a seven-start winless streak and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-1 Thursday night.
TORONTO (AP) — Jameson Taillon and two relievers combined on a five-hitter, Aaron Hicks lined a three-run double and the New York Yankees extended their winning streak to nine by beating the Toronto Blue Jays 4-0 Saturday.
TORONTO (AP) — Ryan Mountcastle hit a two-run home run, Austin Hays had a solo shot and the Baltimore Orioles held on to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-5 on Tuesday night.
Mountcastle went 3 for 5 with a pair of doubles and scored twice.
TORONTO (AP) — Kyle Garlick and José Miranda each hit two home runs, Byron Buxton also went deep and the Minnesota Twins beat the Blue Jays 9-3 Friday night, snapping Toronto’s winning streak at eight.
TORONTO (AP) — Yusei Kikuchi allowed one hit over six shutout innings to beat his former team, Bo Bichette and Matt Chapman backed the left-hander with home runs and the Toronto Blue Jays topped the Seattle Mariners 6-2 on Monday night.
Seattle Mariners (16-19, third in the AL West) vs. Toronto Blue Jays (18-17, third in the AL East)
Toronto; Monday, 7:07 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Mariners: Chris Flexen (1-5, 4.24 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 22 strikeouts); Blue Jays: Yusei Kikuchi (1-1, 4.15 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, 27 strikeouts)
TORONTO (AP) — Jordan Romano stranded the bases loaded in the ninth inning, making Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s tiebreaking single stand up as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Yankees 2-1 Wednesday night to end New York’s winning streak at 11.
DUNEDIN, Fla, (AP) — Yusei Kikuchi threw a 40-pitch bullpen session Tuesday, one day after the left-hander joined what projects as formidable Toronto Blue Jays rotation that includes Hyun Jin Ryu and Alek Manoah.
SEATTLE (AP) — Left-handed pitcher Yusei Kikuchi is leaving the Seattle Mariners after the team declined a club option on the All-Star and Kikuchi opted for free agency.
Kikuchi could have exercised a one-year player option, but instead is choosing a fresh start elsewhere after struggling over the second half of last season.
Oakland Athletics (85-72, third in the AL West) vs. Seattle Mariners (87-70, second in the AL West)
Seattle; Tuesday, 10:10 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Athletics: Chris Bassitt (12-4, 3.16 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, 158 strikeouts) Mariners: Yusei Kikuchi (7-9, 4.36 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 163 strikeouts)
Seattle Mariners (83-69, second in the AL West) vs. Oakland Athletics (82-70, third in the AL West)
Oakland, California; Thursday, 3:37 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Mariners: Yusei Kikuchi (7-9, 4.27 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 160 strikeouts) Athletics: Chris Bassitt (12-4, 3.22 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, 154 strikeouts)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kris Bubic allowed two hits over 6 1/3 innings in his best start this season, and the Kansas City Royals beat Seattle 8-1 Saturday night to put another dent in the Mariners’ slim playoff chances.
Seattle Mariners (79-68, third in the AL West) vs. Kansas City Royals (66-81, fourth in the AL Central)
Kansas City, Missouri; Saturday, 7:10 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Mariners: Yusei Kikuchi (7-8, 4.17 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 157 strikeouts) Royals: Kris Bubic (4-6, 4.99 ERA, 1.49 WHIP, 101 strikeouts)
Boston Red Sox (81-65, fourth in the AL East) vs. Seattle Mariners (78-66, second in the AL West)
Seattle; Tuesday, 10:10 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Red Sox: Nathan Eovaldi (10-8, 3.52 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 171 strikeouts) Mariners: Tyler Anderson (6-9, 4.26 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, 120 strikeouts)
Arizona Diamondbacks (46-96, fifth in the NL West) vs. Seattle Mariners (77-65, third in the AL West)
Seattle; Sunday, 4:10 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Diamondbacks: Tyler Gilbert (1-2, 3.12 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, 23 strikeouts) Mariners: Yusei Kikuchi (7-8, 4.25 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 149 strikeouts)
Seattle Mariners (75-63, second in the AL West) vs. Houston Astros (80-57, first in the AL West)
Houston; Tuesday, 8:10 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Mariners: Logan Gilbert (5-5, 5.14 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 101 strikeouts) Astros: Jake Odorizzi (6-7, 4.32 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 82 strikeouts)
HOUSTON (AP) — Astros rookie Jake Meyers homered and drove in four runs as Houston jumped on Yusei Kikuchi early and sailed to an 11-2 win over the Seattle Mariners on Monday night.
“This is the kind of game we’re looking for to create some momentum and build some confidence and start a winning streak,” Houston star Jose Altuve said.
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros shook off the hitting woes that plagued them for most of the last week, slugging four home runs in a rout of the Seattle Mariners.
Yordan Álvarez homered and had four RBIs as the Astros jumped on Yusei Kikuchi early and cruised to the 12-3 win on Friday night.
NEW YORK (AP) — Yusei Kikuchi and the Seattle bullpen combined on a six-hitter, Kyle Seager doubled to break a scoreless tie in the eighth inning and the Mariners avoided a four-game sweep, beating the New York Yankees 2-0 Sunday.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Yusei Kikuchi went six effective innings, Abraham Toro and Jarred Kelenic homered, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-2 on Tuesday night.
SEATTLE (AP) — Cal Raleigh and Luis Torrens hit back-to-back homers, Dylan Moore scored the go-ahead run on consecutive wild pitches and the Seattle Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics 4-3 on Friday night.
SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Mariners reinstated left-hander Yusei Kikuchi from the injured list Monday, making him eligible to participate in the All-Star Game.
Kikuchi was selected to the American League All-Star team for the first time in his career and is Seattle’s lone representative.
SEATTLE (AP) — All-Star pitcher Yusei Kikuchi of the Seattle Mariners was placed on the injured list on Sunday.
However, it's possible that he could still participate in the upcoming All-Star Game festivities in Denver.
SEATTLE (AP) — During the New York Yankees recent slump, Aaron Judge talked of needing to get the bats started early and stop being in the position of playing from behind as much.
For the past two games, the Yankees big slugger has done his part in making sure New York's offense is providing some early punch.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Yusei Kikuchi pitched one-run ball over seven innings, Jake Fraley and Shed Long Jr. homered off Hyun Jin Ryu, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-2 Thursday.
CHICAGO (AP) — Pitching on a wet, humid night in Chicago, Yusei Kikuchi delivered once again.
The Japanese left-hander is good everywhere he goes these days.
Kikuchi turned in another road gem and Luis Torrens homered twice, helping the Seattle Mariners beat Carlos Rodón and the White Sox 9-3 on Friday.
SEATTLE (AP) — Yusei Kikuchi threw four-hit ball over seven innings, Seattle batted around during a four-run first inning and the Mariners beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-1 on Friday night.
Kikuchi (4-3) earned his 10th quality start in 12 appearances while sending the Rays to their fourth straight loss, matching their season high.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Considering the Los Angeles Angels' struggles the first two months of the season, it would have been easy to write them off after Alex Cobb gave up a grand slam during the fourth inning Saturday night, giving the Seattle Mariners a four-run lead.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Seattle Mariners pitcher Yusei Kikuchi took a sharp ground ball off his right knee and left Saturday night’s game against the Los Angeles Angels in the fifth inning.
The Japanese left-hander fell to the ground after getting hit by a comebacker hit by David Fletcher.
SEATTLE (AP) — Yusei Kikuchi took a no-hit bid into the sixth inning, Kyle Seager homered and the Seattle Mariners sent the Texas Rangers to their 12th straight road loss, 4-2 on Sunday.
The Rangers matched a team record for most consecutive road losses set in 2003.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Kyle Lewis homered and made a diving catch in center field, Yusei Kikuchi pitched six smooth innings before his back cramped up, and the Seattle Mariners ended a six-game losing streak by beating the Oakland Athletics 4-2 on Monday night.
SEATTLE (AP) — Eric Haase hit two home runs, Casey Mize took a two-hit shutout into the eighth inning and the Detroit Tigers beat the Seattle Mariners 4-1 on Monday night.
The Tigers, who began the day 12 games under .500, have won six of eight.
Houston Astros (6-6) vs. Seattle Mariners (8-5)
Seattle; Friday, 10:10 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Astros: Jose Urquidy (0-1, 5...
It feels very much like Yusei Kikuchi just arrived in the majors after his highly anticipated move from Japan...
SEATTLE (AP) — No. 99 has hit No. 100.
New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge became the third-fastest player in history to reach 100 home runs, connecting Tuesday night against Seattle.
After DJ LeMahieu singled to open the game, Judge lined the first pitch from Yusei Kikuchi out to center field.
SEATTLE (AP) — Yusei Kikuchi made a point of watching Masahiro Tanaka growing up in Japan, whether he was pitching in his home country or once Tanaka got to the majors with the New York Yankees.
It's understandable that Kikuchi is more than a little excited about the prospect of pitching against Tanaka on Tuesday night when the Seattle Mariners host the Yankees.
SEATTLE (AP) — Brad Ausmus disappointed countless Japanese baseball fans Thursday with one decision.
"Japanese baseball fans don't like me right now. Tell them I'm sorry," Ausmus joked.
The first-year Los Angeles Angels manager ruined the potential matchup between Japanese stars Shohei Ohtani and Seattle's Yusei Kikuchi in the series opener with his decision to sit Ohtani.
TOKYO (AP) — The magnitude of the moment — of sharing the field with the towering Ichiro Suzuki in his farewell — left Seattle Mariners teammate Yusei Kikuchi in reverential silence...