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Mariners’ Yusei Kikuchi brings fresh approach to spring training

The Mariners’ main goals for Yusei Kikuchi’s first season in Major League Baseball were to keep him healthy and help him adjust to the increased intensity and competition compared to the Nippon Professional League in his native Japan, and ups and downs were expected. Still, it became obvious that what transpired in 2019 just wasn’t going to work moving forward.

Angels homer four times in 9-3 romp over hapless Mariners

The fourth inning told the story. Not just the story of Sunday’s 9-3 loss to the Los Angeles Angels, in which the Mariners dropped their 15th game in their past 18 tries. It told the story of the season, the story of a step back, of a 40-62 team that’s about to be sold for scraps at the trade deadline.

Not a sticky situation: Yusei Kikuchi’s hat draws looks, no action

Whatever was smeared under the hat of Seattle pitcher Yusei Kikuchi, it hasn’t turned into a sticky situation for the Mariners, New York Yankees or Major League Baseball. A day after a dark substance was spotted under the bill of Kikuchi’s cap in a win at Yankee Stadium – possibly illegal pine tar – all sides kept cool. MLB issued no penalty or even a statement on the matter. Yankees manager Aaron Boone said his team would handle things behind the scenes.

Yusei Kikuchi could become blueprint for helping Asian arms adjust

Seattle Mariners pitcher Yusei Kikuchi is well aware his first season in the majors will be subject to additional scrutiny. Kikuchi’s rookie season is essentially an experiment, an attempt to see whether pitchers coming to the major leagues from Asia should be handled differently in their first season. The Mariners will regulate Kikuchi’s innings during the season while making sure he starts on a regular five-day rotation.

Yusei Kikuchi’s dream of playing in majors now a reality with Seattle Mariners

Yusei Kikuchi’s goal was always to pitch in the major leagues. The dream is now the reality for the newest starting pitcher for the Seattle Mariners. But in a twist, his debut will come in his native Japan. He will start the second game of the 2019 season against the Oakland Athletics in the Tokyo Dome next week.

All eyes on Yusei Kikuchi during his spring debut for Mariners

Japanese free-agent Yusei Kikuchi made his debut for the Seattle Mariners on Monday, throwing two innings against the Cincinnati Reds in a start that featured a little bit of everything, from moments of dominance to working out of a jam.

Mariners sign Japanese left-handed pitcher Yusei Kikuchi

The Seattle Mariners have signed Japanese left-handed pitcher Yusei Kikuchi to a four-year deal just ahead of the deadline for him to sign with a major league club or be forced to return to Japan for another season.