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Norichika Aoki | Outfielder

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (32) / 1/5/1982
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 182
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
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Norichika Aoki was one of the few bright spots offensively in Friday's loss to the Tigers, going 2-for-3.
The speedy outfielder has been a strong catalyst atop the Royals lineup this year, slashing .275/.309/.368 with a homer, 38 RBI, 60 runs scored and 17 stolen bases. Sep 20 - 12:34 AM

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Norichika Aoki turned in his second straight four-hit game Tuesday, going 4-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored in a loss to the White Sox.

With eight hits in his last nine at-bats -- all but one of which have been singles -- Aoki has raised his batting average from .265 to .277 in the two-game span. Aoki also stole a base in Tuesday's game, his 16th stolen base of the season. Aided by his back-to-back outstanding performances, the 32-year-old is batting an impressive .396 in the month of September.
Sep 17 - 12:56 AM

Nori Aoki went 4-for-4 with a double and a walk to lead the Royals to a 4-3 win over the White Sox on Monday.

Aoki doubled in a tie game in the bottom of the ninth, only to be replaced by a pinch-runner despite his plus speed. It ended up working out for the Royals, as the outrageously fast Terrence Gore scored from second on an infield single to win the game. Aoki is hitting .349 in 43 at-bats this month, though he's not doing much else to help fantasy owners at the moment.
Sep 16 - 12:04 AM

Norichika Aoki is not in the Royals starting lineup on Saturday.

It looks to be a routine day off for the speedy outfielder. Carlos Peguero is starting in his place in right field and will hit seventh for the Royals.
Sep 6 - 12:32 PM

Norichika Aoki drove in the only run one of the game in the Royals' 1-0 victory over the Yankees on Friday.

Aoki's run-scoring single off of Yankee starter Michael Pineda in the third inning was all the offense this game would see, as Aoki's hit backed a brilliant James Shields. The RBI was his 34th of the season. Aoki also attempted to steal a base in the contest, but was unsuccessful. On the season, he's slashing an uninspiring .265/.330/.335.
Sep 5 - 10:15 PM

Norichika Aoki went 2-for-3 with two doubles and an RBI in Tuesday's win over the Rangers.

Aoki drove in the first run of the game with his double in the third inning. He also doubled to lead off the sixth before being removed for pinch runner Jarrod Dyson. The outfielder has a modest six-game hitting streak that has his average up to .266.
Sep 2 - 11:16 PM

Norichika Aoki went 2-for-2 with three stolen bases and two runs scored in Sunday's win over the Giants.

Aoki also walked twice, reaching base all four times he came to the plate. He took advantage of rookie catcher Andrew Susac behind the plate, swiping three bags as the Royals stole seven bases on the day. The stolen bases gave Aoki 13 steals on the year. The outfielder is hitting .267/.339/.336 with 47 runs scored on the year.
Aug 10 - 7:25 PM

Norichika Aoki hit a grand slam on Tuesday, driving in four in a 12-2 Royals win.

We'll let that sink in for a few minutes. Aoki only had eighteen career home runs coming into Tuesday's game, with no long balls on the 2014 line. Wade Miley loaded the bases in the fifth inning, and once Bo Shultz replaced Miley to face Aoki, the fearsome slugger promptly homered. Slam aside, it's been a tough season for Aoki in his first year in the AL, as he's battled leg injuries and hasn't produced when healthy, slashing to a .265/.333/.329 line.
Aug 6 - 1:00 AM

Norichika Aoki helped the Royals walk off with an RBI single in Thursday's 14-inning, 2-1 win over the Indians.

Aoki had been hitless in his four previous trips to the plate, but ended up becoming the hero. Lorenzo Cain singled and stole second base to lead off the 14th. After Danny Valencia struck out, Aoki singled to left field to plate Cain. Aoki has been hitting better as of late, but still has a mediocre .262/.331/.320 slash line with no home runs, 15 RBI, and eight stolen bases.
Jul 25 - 12:51 AM

Royals activated OF Norichika Aoki from the 15-day disabled list.

Aoki is hitting leadoff and is in right field on Friday against the Tigers. He batted just .263/.326/.324 over 68 games before going down with a groin injury and might not receive regular playing time once Alex Gordon (wrist) returns.
Jul 11 - 3:31 PM

Norichika Aoki (groin) will begin a rehab assignment at Double-A Northwest Arkansas on Monday.

He should only need a few rehab games before being activated later this week. Aoki has been on the shelf since mid-June with a strained groin.
Jul 6 - 10:57 AM

Royals manager Ned Yost said Tuesday that he doesn't expect Norichika Aoki (groin) to return before the end of the team's road trip on July 9.

Tuesday is the first day Aoki was eligible to return, but it sounds like he's at least a week away. Jarrod Dyson will continue to benefit from more playing time while Aoki is on the shelf.
Jul 1 - 6:23 PM

Royals placed OF Nori Aoki on the 15-day disabled list with a groin injury.

Aoki has been bothered by the injury all week and will now get some extended rest. The Royals called up Justin Maxwell to take his spot on the active roster, but Jarrod Dyson figures to see an uptick in playing time during Aoki's absence. He's worth picking up in deeper mixed leagues.
Jun 21 - 10:48 AM

Norichika Aoki (groin) is back in the Royals' starting lineup Thursday afternoon against the Tigers.

Aoki sat out Wednesday after leaving Tuesday's game with a groin cramp. He will bat leadoff and play right field as the Royals go for their 11th straight victory.
Jun 19 - 10:48 AM

Norichika Aoki (groin) is not in the Royals' lineup Wednesday.

Aoki exited Tuesday's contest with a groin cramp. He had said he'd be fine to play Wednesday, but it's no surprise the Royals are holding him out. Consider Aoki day-to-day. Lorenzo Cain is in right field Wednesday, with Jarrod Dyson manning center.
Jun 18 - 10:22 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Salvador Perez
2Erik Kratz
3Francisco Peña
1B1Eric Hosmer
2B1Omar Infante
2Johnny Giavotella
SS1Alcides Escobar
3B1Mike Moustakas
2Jayson Nix
3Christian Colon
LF1Alex Gordon
2Terrance Gore
CF1Lorenzo Cain
2Jarrod Dyson
3Lane Adams
RF1Norichika Aoki
DH1Billy Butler
2Josh Willingham
3Raul Ibanez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1James Shields
2Jason Vargas
3Jeremy Guthrie
4Yordano Ventura
5Danny Duffy
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Greg Holland
2Wade Davis
3Kelvin Herrera
4Jason Frasor
5Francisley Bueno
6Scott Downs
7Louis Coleman
8Brandon Finnegan
9Casey Coleman
10Aaron Crow
11Liam Hendriks
12Michael Mariot
13Luke Hochevar