|MLB Career Stats||17||8||3.09||266||0||6||250.1||216||1.26|
Left-hander Hideki Okajima, who turned 40 last month and has pitched a total of 12 1/3 Major League innings since 2010 -- none since 2013 with Oakland -- accepted a deal with the O's that does not include an invitation to the big club's Spring Training camp.
|2007||5||21st in AL|
|2007||66||22nd in AL|
|2008||64||22nd in AL|
|2009||68||19th in AL|
|2007||27||3rd in AL|
|2008||23||6th in AL|
|2009||23||6th in AL|
|March 29, 2016||Norfolk Tides released LHP Hideki Okajima.|
|February 8, 2016||Baltimore Orioles signed free agent LHP Hideki Okajima to a minor league contract.|
|February 8, 2016||LHP Hideki Okajima assigned to Norfolk Tides.|
|October 11, 2013||LHP Hideki Okajima elected free agency.|
|September 7, 2013||Oakland Athletics sent Hideki Okajima outright to Sacramento River Cats.|
|September 3, 2013||Oakland Athletics designated Hideki Okajima for assignment.|
|June 14, 2013||Oakland Athletics optioned LHP Hideki Okajima to Sacramento River Cats.|
|May 17, 2013||Oakland Athletics selected the contract of Hideki Okajima from Sacramento River Cats.|
|February 12, 2013||Oakland Athletics signed free agent LHP Hideki Okajima to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.|
|February 12, 2013||Hideki Okajima assigned to Sacramento River Cats.|
|February 16, 2012||New York Yankees released LHP Hideki Okajima.|
|January 6, 2012||New York Yankees signed free agent LHP Hideki Okajima to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.|
|September 29, 2011||LHP Hideki Okajima elected free agency.|
|May 24, 2011||Boston Red Sox sent LHP Hideki Okajima outright to Pawtucket Red Sox.|
|May 20, 2011||Boston Red Sox designated Hideki Okajima for assignment.|
|April 18, 2011||Boston Red Sox recalled Hideki Okajima from Pawtucket Red Sox.|
|March 31, 2011||Boston Red Sox optioned Hideki Okajima to Pawtucket Red Sox.|
|January 10, 2011||Boston Red Sox signed free agent Hideki Okajima.|
|December 3, 2010||LHP Hideki Okajima elected free agency.|
|August 28, 2010||Boston Red Sox activated LHP Hideki Okajima from the 15-day disabled list.|
|August 21, 2010||sent LHP Hideki Okajima on a rehab assignment to Pawtucket Red Sox.|
|August 6, 2010||Boston Red Sox placed LHP Hideki Okajima on the 15-day disabled list. Right hamstring strain|
OPENING DAY : Tossed 1.0 scoreless inning to earn the win in Boston's 6-5, 10-inning victory over Oakland on Opening Day, March 25 in Tokyo, Japan...Was the 2nd pitcher in big league history to win a regular season game in his native country (excluding Canada, Puerto Rico and the United States)...San Diego's Fernando Valenzuela beat the New York Mets on August 16, 1996 at Monterrey, Mexico...Was the first pitcher ever to win in his home country on Opening Day (excluding Puerto Rico and the United States).
INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Allowed just one run over his first 17 games through May 10, posting a 0.50 ERA (1 ER/18.0 IP) in that span...Surrendered 11 runs over his next 16 outings from May 14- June 27, with a 6.32 ERA (11 ER/15.2 IP) during that stretch...Permitted runs in just 6 of his final 31 appearances for a 1.91 ERA (6 ER/28.1 IP) from June 29 onward...Gave up runs in 11 of his 64 games overall...Let 52.0 percent of inherited runners score (13 of 25), the 2nd highest mark in the A.L. among relievers with at least 50 appearances...Logged a 2.86 ERA (9 ER/28.1 IP) at home and a 2.41 (9 ER/33.2 IP) mark everywhere else...Held lefties to a .184 (19-for-103) average, including a .125 (6-for-48) clip in his final 27 games beginning June 27...Righties hit .234 (30-for-128).
MORE 2008 HIGHLIGHTS: Escaped a bases-loaded jam with one out in the 8th inning on July 7 vs. Minnesota to earn his first win since Opening Day, March 25 against Oakland in Japan...Matched a big league career high with his 3rd win of the season 9 appearances later with 1.2 scoreless frames on August 12 vs. Texas...Went more than 1.0 inning 10 times in 2008 with a high of 2.0 innings on 3 occasions, May 9 at Minnesota, May 30 at Baltimore and August 20 at Baltimore... Tossed more than 1.0 inning 14 times in 2007..Allowed 4 runs in his first loss of the season at Baltimore on June 2, matching the career high he set on September 14, 2007 vs. the Yankees.2007 SUMMARY: In his 1st major league season, led the Red Sox and all American League rookies with 66 appearances, a club record for a 1st year player and his most ever in a professional season...Was 2nd on the staff with 5 saves...Ranked 3rd in the A.L. with 27 holds, the most by a Boston pitcher since totals were 1st kept in 1957...Had the 8th best ERA among A.L. qualifying relievers (0.3 IP/GM) at 2.22 and the 11th lowest opponents batting average at .202.
HONORS: Was selected as the Major League setup man of the year in fan voting in mlb.com's This Year in Baseball Awards...Also named Red Sox Unsung Hero by Boston BBWAA chapter...Earned a spot as the lefthanded pitcher on Topps Major League Rookie All-Star Team.
FIRST PITCH: Surrendered a home run to Kansas City's John Buck on the 1st pitch he threw in the major leagues, a 6th inning blast on opening day, April 2 at Kauffman Stadium...Was the 3rd pitcher in Red Sox history to do that, joining Charlie Mitchell, August 9, 1984 at Texas and Jeff Suppan, July 17, 1995 vs. Kansas City, and the 19th in major league history.
THROWING BLANKS: Did not allow a run in his next 20.2 innings over 20 appearances through May 20...Was the longest scoreless innings streak by a Red Sox lefthander since Bruce Hurst's 21.2 innings, May 5-15, 1987...Posted a 0.71 ERA (1 ER/12.2 IP) in 12 April appearances to earn A.L. Rookie of the Month honors...Was just the 2nd A.L. middle/setup reliever to ever receive that award, joining Texas' Frank Francisco in August 2004...Had a 0.44 ERA at end of streak, lowest among ML relievers.
REST OF SEASON: Permitted 3 runs in 6.2 innings in next 6 games after that streak, then posted a 0.67 ERA (2 ER/27.0 IP) in following 25 games through August 8...Did not issue a run in the 1st 15 games and 17.0 innings of that span before Chicago's Paul Konerko homered on July 9 at Fenway Park...That ended a span of 172 batters faced without allowing a homer since Buck's blast...Beginning August 10, compiled an 7.24 ERA (11 ER/13.2 IP) in his final 15 games, including 9 ER in 5.1 IP over 7 outings from August 30-September 14...Did not pitch between September 15 and 26 due to left shoulder fatigue...Worked 2.0 scoreless innings in 2 games the rest of regular season.
ALL-STAR: Earned a spot on the American League All-Star team by virtue of winning on-line Monster All-Star Final Vote...Received over 4.3 million votes to join Johnny Damon (2002) and Jason Varitek (2003) as Red Sox selected as A.L.'s 32nd All-Star...Became the 7th native of Japan ever selected as an All-Star and the 9th Red Sox rookie so honored, the 3rd pitcher (Don Schwall-1961; Jonathan Papelbon-2006)...Did not pitch in the July 10 game at San Francisco.
MISCELLANEOUS: Allowed a run in 11 of 66 games and permitted just 4 of 28 inherited runners to score (14.3%) with 1st batters hitting .200 (12-60)...Converted 5 of 7 save opportunities, earning 1st ML save on April 20 vs. New York...Also recorded 1st win in the majors again the Yankees in June 22...Held righthanded batters to a .182 (29-159) batting average, 10th lowest among A.L. relievers with lefthanders at .236 (21-89)...Opponents hit just .130 (7-54) with runners in scoring position and .168 with runners on base, both the 2nd lowest marks among A.L. relievers (50.0 or more IP)...Held opponents to a .255 on-base percentage, 8th lowest in A.L. among relief pitchers... Did not allow more than one run in a game until surrendering 3 on August 30 at Yankee Stadium...Longest outing was 2.1 innings on July 7 at Detroit...Permitted just one homer in 1st 45.1 innings before allowing 5 in final 23.2 frames...Previous Sox rookie record for outings was 62 for Dick Radatz in 1962.
POST-SEASON: Posted a 2.45 ERA (3 ER/11.0 IP) in a team best 8 appearances during the postseason... Ranked 4th on the club in playoff innings (11.0) and strikeouts...Worked 9.2 scoreless frames in his 1st 6 post-season outings before issuing 3 runs, including 2 homers, in 1.1 innings in Games 3 and 4 of the World Series at Colorado...Pitched 2.1 shutout frames in 2 ALDS outings against Los Angeles and 5.0 scoreless innings in 3 ALCS games versus Cleveland...Became the 1st native of Japan to ever pitch in a World Series game with a 2.1 inning scoreless stint and 4 strikeouts in Game 2 at Fenway Park...Issued homers to Matt Holliday in Game 3 and Garrett Atkins in Game 4.
PREVIOUS CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
IN JAPAN: Was one of the top set-up relievers in Nippon Professional Baseball before becoming an unrestricted free agent and signing with Boston in November 2006...Spent all or parts of 11 seasons with the Tokyo Yomiuri Giants from 1995-2005 before trade to Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters in March 2006...Recorded 681 strikeouts in 642 career innings with 5 seasons of at least 50 appearances...Was hitless in 9 career NPB at bats.2006 SUMMARY: In only season with Hokkaido, tied for seventh in the Pacific League in saves (4) and ranked 10th in appearances (55)...was second on the Fighters staff in saves and third in games...posted a career low 2.14 earned run average...fanned 63 batters in 54.2 innings, an average of 10.37 every nine innings...held opposition to a .230 (46-200) batting average and had 22 holds.
SEASON BREAKDOWN: Issued a run in 13 of his 55 appearances...compiled a 4.02 ERA (7 ER/15.2 IP) in his first 15 games before working 20 scoreless innings in his next 20 outings, June 7-Aug. 2, lowering ERA to 1.77...permitted three runs in 5.2 innings in his next five appearances before issuing just one run in 12.1 frames in next 14 games, Aug. 22-Sept. 23...surrendered two runs in one inning in final game to raise ERA from 1.84 to 2.14.
MISCELLANEOUS: Worked less than an inning 18 times...longest appearance was two innings on six occasions...recorded season best four strikeouts on July 11 against Chiba...permitted just three walks in 24.2 innings over his first 25 games of the year...earned victories on June 20 vs. Yakult, the first of 11 straight victories for the Fighters, and July 18 against Orix...was 0-for-2 at the plate and is hitless in nine career at-bats...appeared in four of five games in the Japan Series against the Chunichi Dragons...Hokkaido won the series, 4-1 for the franchise's first championship since 1962...the Fighters also went on to win the 2006 Konami Cup Asia Series in November.2005 Appeared in 42 games in final season with the Giants...Fanned 56 in 53 innings, an average of 9.51 per 9 innings...Lone decision was a victory on September 21 versus Yakult. 2004 Finished 8th in the Central League and 2nd on the Yomiuri staff in appearances (53)...Earned 5 saves, most since 2001 and averaged 10.22 strikeouts every 9 innings.