As has been widely reported, the Boston Red Sox announced the signing of Japanese free-agent LHP Hideki Okajima on Nov. 30, 2006. Okajima, a 30-year-old reliever, signed a two-year reportedly $2.5M deal, with a $1.75M team option for a third. In 2006 Okajima went 2-2 with a career best 2.14 ERA and four saves in 55 appearances for the Pacific League champion Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters. Okajima's arsenal of pitches includes a "plus" curve, a fastball and a fork ball. The new Sox lefthanded specialist had a cumulative record of 34-32 with a 3.36 ERA and 41 saves in his twelve year Japanese career. "Okaji," as he has asked to be called, will wear number 40.
11/17 Cup of Coffee: The Javelinas won their final game of the Arizona Fall League by defeating Scottsdale 1-0. This gave them an overall record of 14 wins and 18 losses for the short fall season. This saw them finish in last place in their division. Jacoby Ellsburywent 2 for 3 in the game with a run scored. He finished with a .276 batting average. Chad Spannwent 0 for 3 in the game and ended up hitting .268. Dusty Browndid not play. He finished up hitting .239. David Pauleystarted and went 3 innings in the game. He did not allow a run while giving up 3 hits and 0 BB. He had 3 Ks. Overall he was 0-3 with an ERA of 5.06. He had 14 Ks in 23 2/3 innings. Lenny DiNardopitched 1 scoreless inning of relief. He allowed 1 hit and 0 BB while striking out the side. Overall, he was 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA. He had 16 Ks in 13 1/3 innings. Kyle Jacksonfinished with a 6-0 record and an ERA of 6.23. He had 11 Ks in 17 1/3 innings. Barry Hertzlerfinished with a record of 1-0 and an ERA of 3.31. He had 17 Ks in 16 1/3 innings. See you in the spring!
11/16 Cup of Coffee: In their second to last game of the fall season, the Javelinas bats came alive as they trounced Phoenix 11-0. Chad Spannhad a big night at the plate going 4 for 5 with a run scored and a RBI. He raised his overall batting average to .278. Dusty Brownwent 1 for 4 with a BB. He is now hitting .239. Kyle Jacksonimproved his record to 6-0 with a 2 inning scoreless performance. He allowed just 1 hit, 0 BB and had 3 Ks. The Javelinasplay their final game of the fall season tonight.
11/15 Cup of Coffee: Action in the Arizona Fall League yesterday saw the Javelinas drop a 6-5 decision to the Saguaros. Jacoby Ellsburywent 2 for 4 and scored a run. Dusty Brownwent 0 for 3 with a BB and a run scored.
With a record bid the Boston Red Sox won the rights to negotiate with Japanese star pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka. The Red Sox bid of $51.1 million easily topped the previous record of $13.125 million for Seattle outfielder Ichiro Suzuki. The 26 year old right hander was 17-5 with a 2.13 ERA for the Seibu Lions of Japan's Pacific League in 2006. Now the Red Sox have 30 days to finalize a deal with Matsuzaka or risk the return of the Japanese ace to the Seibu Lions for the 2007 season.
11/14 Cup of Coffee: The Javelinas defeated Grand Canyon 5-2 on Monday.Jacoby Ellsburywas hitless in 5 at bats and saw his average drop to .255. Chad Spannwent 1 for 4 and scored a run. Dusty Brownwent 1 for 4 with a triple being his hit. Barry Hertzlerwent 3 hitless innings. He gave up 1 BB and had 4 Ks. Lenny DiNardowent 1 inning. He did allow a run. He gave up 1 hit and had a K.
11/12 Cup of Coffee: Saturday's action saw the Javelinas defeat Mesa 13-10. Chad Spannwent 1 for 4 with a run scored and a RBI. He also had a BB. Dusty Brownwent 1 for 3 and had a RBI. He had 2 BBs as well. Kyle Jacksonpitched 1 inning of relief. He allowed 4 runs on 4 hits and a BB.
11/11 Cup of Coffee: Grand Canyon defeated the Javelinas 4-2 on Friday. David Pauleystarted and took the loss. His record is now 0-3. He went 4 2/3 innings giving up 4 runs on 8 hits. He did not walk a batter and had 2 Ks. Jacoby Ellsburywent 0 for 4 and is now hitting .269. Chad Spannalso went 0 for 4 and saw his batting average drop to .242.Dusty Brownwent 2 for 4 and had an RBI. His average is now .245.
11/10 Cup of Coffee: On Thursday, the Javelinas were shutout 8-0 by Grand Canyon. Jacoby Ellsburywent 1 for 4 and is now hitting .281. Dusty Brownentered the game as a pinch hitter and was 0 for 1. He is hitting .224. Barry Hertzlerpitched 1 1/3 innings of relief. He did not give up a run on 3 hits and a BB with 3 Ks.
11/09 Cup of Coffee:Kyle Jacksonpitched 2 innings of perfect relief with 2 Ks in the Javelinas 10-6 win over the Saguaros. He was credited with the win and his record in the AFL is now 5-0. Jacoby Ellsburywent 3 for 5 and scored a run. Chad Spannwent 0 for 3 but had 2 BBs. He also scored a run.
11/08 Cup of Coffee: In a battle between the two Peoria teams the Saguaros defeated the Javelinas 5-2. Jacoby Ellsburywent 0 for 5 while scoring a run. Chad Spannwent 1 for 4. He scored a run and also reached base with a BB. Dustin Brownwent 1 for 4 and had an RBI. Lenny DiNardowent 1 2/3 innings allowing 1 run on 1 hit and a BB.
11/07 Cup of Coffee:The Javelinas were shutout by Phoenix 5-0 on Monday.Jacoby Ellsburywent 0 for 4,Chad Spann went 0 for 3 andDusty Brownalso went 0 for 3 in the game. Barry Hertzlerpitched 1 shutout inning of relief. He allowed a hit and a BB. He had 1 K.
11/05 Cup of Coffee: On Saturday, the Javelinas were shutout 6-0 on just 3 hits by Phoenix. Jacoby Ellsburywent 0 for 4 while Dusty Brownalso went hitless going 0 for 3. David Pauleystarted the game and took the loss. He went 4 innings giving up 1 run on 3 hits and a BB. He had 3 Ks. The Javelinasfind themselves in last place in their division with a record of 9-13 and 3 games behind division leader Grand Canyon.
11/04 Cup of Coffee:Jacoby Ellsburywent 2 for 5 with 2 runs scored and an RBI in the Javelinas 9-4 win over the Saguaros on Friday. Sox prospect Kyle Jacksongot the win in relief after blowing the save. He went 1 inning giving up 2 runs on 3 hits. He had 1 K. His record in the Fall League is now 4-0.
11/03 Cup of Coffee: The Javelinas scored a 8-1 win over Mesa on Thursday. Dusty Brownwent 1 for 3 with a BB. Two Sox pitchers combined for 2 scoreless innings of relief.Lenny DiNardothrew a perfect inning with 2 Ks. He threw 11 pitches in the inning, ten of which were strikes. Barry Hertzleralso threw a scoreless inning of relief. He did not allow a hit but gave up a BB.
11/02 Cup of Coffee:Jacoby Ellsburywent 2 for 5 with a double and 2 runs scored in helping the Javelinas to a 6-3 win over Mesa. He is now hitting .306. Chad Spannwas the only other Sox prospect to see action in the game. He went 0 for 2 with a BB. Slumping a bit, he has seen his average in the Fall League drop to .288.
11/01 Cup of Coffee: The Javelinas were edged 7-6 by Scottsdale in 11 innings. Jacoby Ellsburywent 0 for 6 in the game. Chad Spannwent 1 for 5 with a run scored and an RBI. Dusty Brownwent 1 for 5 with an RBI. Kyle Jacksonpitched 2 scoreless innings of relief. He allowed 1 hit while giving up 1 BB and striking out 1.