New York Yankees: Kei Igawa

Kei Igawa wanted to stay in America

March, 29, 2012
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Word came down last night that Kei Igawa had signed a two-year deal with the Orix Buffaloes in Japan. Interestingly, Igawa had hoped to stay in the States to pitch.

"I wanted to play in America," Igawa said, according to Kyodo News agency.

The Yankees didn't want him back after paying a total (including the posting fee) of $46 million for a 2-4 and a 6.66 ERA in 16 major league games. No one else in the major did either.

In the Yankees' minors, Igawa went 36-25 with a 3.83 ERA. Igawa, now 32, finished 3-2 with a 3.86 ERA, starting 10 of 20 games between Double-A and Triple-A. He hadn't pitched in the majors since June 27, 2008.

Noesi with six solid innings out of pen

June, 8, 2011
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Having to pitch multiple innings Tuesday night against the Red Sox presented no problems for Yankees reliever Hector Noesi.

“I was a starter in AAA,” Noesi said. “It’s not a big deal for me.”

Thrust into long-inning relief pitching because of starter Freddy Garcia’s ineffectiveness, Noesi shined with six innings of two-run ball in the Yankees 6-4 loss. He gave up just three hits, one of which was a two-run home run to David Ortiz, and helped give the Yankees a chance to win the game while saving the bullpen.

“For me, it feels normal to throw six innings because I have been a starting pitcher,” Noesi said. “Whatever happened in the game you have to forget and keep throwing.”

Noesi entered in the third inning and didn’t give up more than one hit in any inning, including three 1-2-3- innings. On the home run to Ortiz, he thought he threw a good fastball on the inside of the plate but Ortiz put a good swing on it. Ortiz also tossed his bat after the home run, which Noesi said he did not see.

After the home run, Noesi retired 13 batters in a row. He said he did not tire at the end of the game and tried to keep his pitches down.

In an interesting note, Noesi’s outing was the longest relief outing by a Yankees since Kei Igawa in 2007.

“We got a great job out of Noesi tonight,” manager Joe Girardi said. “Did a tremendous job and gave us a chance to get us where we were.”

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WINS LEADER
Masahiro Tanaka
WINS ERA SO IP
12 2.51 135 129
OTHER LEADERS
BAJ. Ellsbury .285
HRM. Teixeira 20
RBIJ. Ellsbury 62
RB. Gardner 78
OPSB. Gardner .774
ERAH. Kuroda 3.88
SOM. Tanaka 135