Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - The Oakland Athletics selected the contract of
pitcher Hideki Okajima from Triple-A Sacramento prior to Friday's game against
the Kansas City Royals.
Okajima went 0-1 with a 2.16 ERA in 14 relief appearances with Sacramento this
The left-hander spent five seasons with the Boston Red Sox from 2007-11 and
was an integral part of that team's run to the World Series title during his
debut campaign in the majors. He went 3-2 with a 2.22 ERA and five saves over
66 appearances that year, earning a spot on the American League All-Star squad
for his efforts.
The 37-year-old compiled a 17-8 record with a 3.11 ERA over 261 games with the
Red Sox, but was released in May of 2011 after struggling in seven outings
that year. He signed a minor league deal with the New York Yankees in January
of 2012, but failed to make the club in spring training and returned to his
native Japan to join the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks.
To make room on the roster for Okajima, the A's designated right-handed
pitcher Chris Resop for assignment.
Resop was 1-1 with a 6.00 ERA in 18 games with the A's this year. After not
allowing an earned run over his first seven games, Resop surrendered 12
runs over his last 11 games.
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