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Nori Aoki | Outfielder

Team: San Francisco Giants
Age / DOB:  (33) / 1/5/1982
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 180
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
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Nori Aoki finished 2-for-4 with a run scored on Thursday versus the Braves.
Aoki has five straight multi-hit games and a six-game hit streak overall. With the way he's hitting, the Giants won't be able to pull him out of the lineup or the leadoff slot. Aoki is slashing .326/.398/.418 with 11 steals, the latter good for fourth in the NL. May 29 - 1:33 AM

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Nori Aoki had a huge day against the Brewers on Monday, going 4-for-4 with a home run, two RBI, a walk, two runs scored, and a stolen base.

Aoki filled up the box score against his former team, hitting a solo homer in the third inning -- his second home run of the season -- and an RBI single in the sixth along the way. He's done a nice job as San Francisco's leadoff man, batting .312 with a .391 on-base percentage over 44 games.
May 25 - 5:50 PM

Nori Aoki finished 3-for-6 with three RBI in the Giants' 9-8 win over the Reds on Sunday.

Aoki hit a two-RBI single and stole a base in the top of the second, a one-RBI infield single in the top of the seventh, and then added his third single of the game in the top of the ninth. He entered the four-game series in Cincinnati in a bit of a slump but went on to tally five hits in 10 at-bats. Aoki is slashing .291/.367/.378 with 12 RBI and 16 runs scored in 38 games this season for San Francisco.
May 17 - 5:20 PM

Nori Aoki is not in the Giants' lineup Friday for the second straight game.

It appears this is just an extended break for the slumping Aoki, who is batting just .176/.263/.206 over his last nine games. Gregor Blanco is in left field Friday in his place.
Source: MLBlogs.com
May 15 - 3:11 PM

Nori Aoki is not in the Giants' starting lineup Thursday night versus the Reds.

Gregor Blanco will lead off and start in left field. It's just a day of rest for Aoki, who should be back in action Friday for the second game of a four-game set.
May 14 - 3:18 PM

Nori Aoki hit his first home run of the season in Sunday's win over the Angels.

Aoki stepped into the batter's box against Jered Weaver to open the bottom of the first inning. He promptly homered. It was Aoki's first tater of the season and the 20th of his career. Aoki's not much of a slugger, clearly, but he's played well in his first month as a Giant, with a .307/.391/.406 line over 101 at-bats. He's also stolen seven bases and scored 12 runs.
May 3 - 8:41 PM

Norichika Aoki went 2-for-5 with a stolen base as the Giants fell to the Dodgers on Monday.

Aoki reached on a fielder's choice and stole second base in the third inning, but was stranded. He singled and scored the first of the Giants' three runs in the fifth. Aoki hadn't registered a hit since April 22, but still boasts an impressive -- though power-absent -- .309/.391/.383 batting line with six stolen bases on the season.
Apr 28 - 1:16 AM

Norichika Aoki is not in the Giants' lineup Friday.

It's his first day off this season. Gregor Blanco is in left field Friday, with Justin Maxwell covering right.
Apr 24 - 4:41 PM

Norichika Aoki went 2-for-5 with an RBI infield single and a stolen base as the Giants topped the Dodgers on Tuesday.

Aoki singled and stole second base but was stranded in the second inning. He later beat out an infield single to bring in a run in the fourth inning. Aoki has done nothing but hit since the regular season bell sounded as evidenced by his .344/.408/.438 triple-slash line.
Apr 22 - 1:57 AM

Nori Aoki went 2-for-4 with a double and triple in Sunday's loss to the Diamondbacks.

Aoki collected the middle pieces of the cycle, but was unable to cash in a single or a home run. The triple was his first of the season and the double his fourth. He's off to a .339/.409/.441 start with his new team. An interesting statistical tangent: Aoki now has 14 career triples, compared to 19 career home runs. Career triples will probably surpass career home runs at some point in the next few seasons.
Apr 19 - 7:49 PM

Nori Aoki went 2-for-4 with a walk and a stolen base in Monday's loss to the Rockies.

The Giants have struggled offensively in the early going, but that doesn't include Aoki. He's batting .412 (14-for-34) with a .474 on-base percentage and has hit safely in all eight games. Despite all that, he has scored just four times.
Apr 13 - 8:30 PM

Norichika Aoki went 2-for-5 with a run scored in Sunday's loss to the Padres.

The veteran outfielder is 12 for his first 30. Injuries and a weak bat limited him to just 132 games with the Royals last season, but he's done a nice job in the early going with the Giants. While he doesn't have much power (in three seasons in the bigs, he only has 19 home runs total), Aoki has always managed to hit for average, having never finished a season with a BA lower than .285. There's no reason that should change this year.
Apr 12 - 9:31 PM

Norichika Aoki went 3-for-4 with an RBI in Wednesday's win over the Diamondbacks.

The leadoff man also scored a run and walked once. Aoki's second-inning double to score Brandon Crawford put the team on the board and the Giants would go on to collect 14 hits in the contest. Aoki struggled for the Royals last season, slashing .285/.349/.360 while playing in just 132 games due to injury and ineffectiveness. If he's able to return to his pre-2014 numbers, Aoki represents a good source for runs (80 in 2013), steals (20 in 2013, 30 in 2012) and batting average (has never hit below .285 in his three years in the majors). It should be noted that when Hunter Pence (forearm) returns in a month or so, Aoki might move further down in the lineup.
Apr 9 - 1:05 AM

Norichika Aoki is batting leadoff and playing left field in Monday's season opener versus the Diamondbacks.

He'll stay in the spot while Hunter Pence (forearm) is sidelined, as Angel Pagan has moved down to the three-hole. Gregor Blanco is at Pence's position in right field.
Apr 6 - 6:16 PM

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Thursday that Norichika Aoki will open the season as the team's leadoff hitter against right-handers.

Usual leadoff man Angel Pagan will be moved down to the No. 3 spot. It's an arrangement that's likely to last only for the first month or so of the season while Hunter Pence (forearm) is on the disabled list. The news is a nice little boost for the fantasy value of both players, especially Aoki, who had likely been looking at a bottom-third of the lineup spot prior to Pence's injury.
Apr 2 - 7:25 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Buster Posey
2Andrew Susac
1B1Brandon Belt
2B1Joe Panik
SS1Brandon Crawford
3B1Matt Duffy
2Joaquin Arias
LF1Nori Aoki
2Travis Ishikawa
CF1Angel Pagan
2Gregor Blanco
RF1Hunter Pence
2Justin Maxwell
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Madison Bumgarner
2Matt Cain
3Tim Hudson
4Jake Peavy
5Tim Lincecum
6Ryan Vogelsong
7Chris Heston
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Santiago Casilla
2Sergio Romo
3Jeremy Affeldt
4Javier Lopez
5Jean Machi
6George Kontos
7Yusmeiro Petit
8Hunter Strickland