MLB: Oakland 6, Minnesota 2

MINNEAPOLIS, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- Mark Ellis pounded a two-run homer among his three hits Sunday and the Oakland Athletics downed Minnesota 6-2 Sunday.

MLB: San Francisco 9, Pittsburgh 3

SAN FRANCISCO, April 13 (UPI) -- Bengie Molina had four hits, including a two-run home run, drove in four runs and scored twice Monday in the San Francisco Giants' 9-3 rout of Pittsburgh.

Pirates acquire Iwamura from Tampa Bay

PITTSBURGH, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Second baseman Akinori Iwamura has been dealt from the Tampa Bay Rays to the Pittsburgh Pirates for pitcher Jesse Chavez.

MLB: Tampa Bay 5, Seattle 4

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Sept. 23 (UPI) -- A two-run single in the eighth inning by B.J. Upton Wednesday rallied the Tampa Bay Rays to a 5-4 win over Seattle.

MLB: Detroit 4, Tampa Bay 3

DETROIT, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- Placido Polanco's two-out, three-run home run in the eighth inning pushed Detroit into the lead and the Tigers held on Sunday to edge the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3.

MLB: Florida 5, Tampa Bay 4 (11 inn.)

MIAMI, May 24 (UPI) -- Ross Gload's 11th-inning RBI Sunday lifted the Florida Marlins to a 5-4 win over the Tampa Bay Rays and averted a three-game sweep.

MLB: Tampa Bay 6, Boston 2

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., May 1 (UPI) -- Evan Longoria hit a grand slam homer as part of a six-run fifth inning Friday that rallied the Tampa Bay Rays to a 6-2 decision over Boston.

MLB: Minnesota 4, Tampa Bay 3

MINNEAPOLIS, April 29 (UPI) -- Minnesota's Justin Morneau drove in three runs and beat out a double-play ball to score the winning run in the Twins' 4-3 win over Tampa Bay Tuesday.

MLB: Tampa Bay 15, New York Yankees 5

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., April 13 (UPI) -- Carlos Pena hit his sixth major league career grand slam Monday to lead the Tampa Bay Rays in a 15-5 trouncing of the New York Yankees.

MLB: Tampa Bay 7, Boston 2

BAGHDAD, Mass., April 8 (UPI) -- Carlos Pena's two-run homer highlighted a four-run fifth inning Wednesday that boosted Tampa Bay to a 7-2 victory over Boston.
WBC: Japan 5, South Korea 3 (10 innings)

WBC: Japan 5, South Korea 3 (10 innings)

LOS ANGELES, March 24 (UPI) -- Ichiro Suzuki delivered a game-winning two-run single in the 10th inning Monday, leading Japan past South Korea 5-3 in the World Baseball Classic title game.

MLB: Tampa Bay 6, Chicago White Sox 4

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Oct. 2 (UPI) -- Evan Longoria hit two solo homers Thursday and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Chicago White Sox 6-4 in the opener of their American League Division Series.

MLB: Tampa Bay 11, Baltimore 6

BALTIMORE, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- Akinori Iwamura drove in three runs Wednesday and Tampa Bay moved to the brink of a first-ever division title by defeating Baltimore 11-6.

MLB: Tampa Bay 4, Baltimore 2

BALTIMORE, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Akinori Iwamura had a two-run single Monday to lead the Tampa Bay Rays to a 4-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.

MLB: Tampa Bay 10, Baltimore 9

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Aug. 30 (UPI) -- Rocco Baldelli's ninth-inning RBI double Saturday helped the AL East-leading Tampa Bay Rays edge Baltimore 10-9 for their fourth win in a row.
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Akinori Iwamura
Tampa Bay Rays Akinori Iwamura swings for a single in the third inning at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on May 16, 2008. Iwamura had three hits and an RBI in the 3-1 win over St. Louis.(UPI Photo/Bill Greenblatt)

Akinori Iwamura (岩村 明憲) (born February 9, 1979) is a Major League Baseball infielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates. While previously playing for the Tampa Bay Rays, he earned the nickname "Aki," while in Japan, his nickname was "Gan-chan".

His brother, Takashi Iwamura, was also a professional baseball player who spent two seasons in the Kintetsu Buffaloes' farm system. The two were both drafted in 1997.

Iwamura was a third baseman for the Tokyo Yakult Swallows in the Japanese Central League. He represented Japan in the 2006 World Baseball Classic, and was nicknamed "Japanese Lightning".

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