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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)
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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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