|Dec. 5 1:35 PM PT2:35 PM MT3:35 PM CT4:35 PM ET16:35 ET21:35 GMT5:35 CST2:35 PM MST4:35 PM EST5:05 PM VEN1:35 UAE (+1)3:35 PM CT-The Kansas City Royals acquired outfielder Norichika Aoki from Milwaukee to be their leadoff hitter Thursday. Milwaukee received left-hander Will Smith, who spent most of the past couple seasons shuffling between Kansas City and Triple-A Omaha, and between the bullpen and the starting rotation.
Analysis: Aoki hit .286 with eight homers, 37 RBIs and 20 steals last season. Aoki, who turns 32 next month, also ranked second in the majors with 40 infield hits, and .339 against left-handed pitching, the best average by a left-handed hitter in the big leagues. He struck out just 40 times in 674 plate appearances.
|Sep. 21 5:44 PM PT6:44 PM MT7:44 PM CT8:44 PM ET20:44 ET0:44 GMT8:44 CST5:44 PM MST7:44 PM EST8:14 PM VEN4:44 UAE (+1)7:44 PM CT-Aoki went 4 for 4 with three runs scored in Friday's 7-6, 10-inning loss to St. Louis.
Analysis: Aoki went 2 for 22 over his previous seven games.
|Aug. 10 1:42 PM PT2:42 PM MT3:42 PM CT4:42 PM ET16:42 ET20:42 GMT4:42 CST1:42 PM MST3:42 PM EST4:12 PM VEN0:42 UAE (+1)3:42 PM CT-Aoki was 2 for 5 with three RBIs as the Brewers beat the Seattle Mariners 10-5 on Friday.
Analysis: Aoki ended a 2-for-24 slump.
|July 23 10:31 AM PT11:31 AM MT12:31 PM CT1:31 PM ET13:31 ET17:31 GMT1:31 CST10:31 AM MST12:31 PM EST1:01 PM VEN21:31 UAE12:31 PM CT-Aoki was 2 for 4 with a double in Milwaukee's 5-3 loss to San Diego on Monday.
Analysis: Aoki has seven hits in his last 21 at-bats.
|July 10 11:23 PM PT12:23 AM MT1:23 AM CT2:23 AM ET2:23 ET6:23 GMT14:23 CST11:23 PM MST1:23 AM EST1:53 AM VEN10:23 UAE1:23 AM CT-In his first game back since missing two due to left elbow tightness, Aoki went 2 for 4 in Thursday's 5-3 loss at Arizona.
Analysis: Fantasy owners should feel free to get him back into lineups.
|June 22 2:06 PM PT3:06 PM MT4:06 PM CT5:06 PM ET17:06 ET21:06 GMT5:06 CST2:06 PM MST4:06 PM EST4:36 PM VEN1:06 UAE (+1)4:06 PM CT-Aoki had three hits Friday in a 2-0 win over Atlanta.
Analysis: Aoki is batting .342 while hitting safely in nine straight home games.
|June 11 11:10 AM PT12:10 PM MT1:10 PM CT2:10 PM ET14:10 ET18:10 GMT2:10 CST11:10 AM MST1:10 PM EST1:40 PM VEN22:10 UAE1:10 PM CT-Aoki extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a double leading off Monday's 6-1 win over Miami.
Analysis: He is batting .341 (15 for 44) during the streak.
|May 20 9:41 AM PT10:41 AM MT11:41 AM CT12:41 PM ET12:41 ET16:41 GMT0:41 CST9:41 AM MST11:41 AM EST12:11 PM VEN20:41 UAE11:41 AM CT-Aoki continued his hot hitting by going 3 for 4 in a 4-2 loss to St. Louis on Sunday.
Analysis: Aoki is 30 for 65 (.462) in his last 16 games and has raised his average from .247 to .333, tied for 10th in the NL.
|May 16 12:54 PM PT1:54 PM MT2:54 PM CT3:54 PM ET15:54 ET19:54 GMT3:54 CST12:54 PM MST2:54 PM EST3:24 PM VEN23:54 UAE2:54 PM CT-Aoki was 2 for 4 in Milwaukee's 3-1 loss at Pittsburgh on Wednesday.
Analysis: After a mediocre month of April, Aoki remains red hot in the month of May. He's 22 of 51 (.431) with nine multi-hit games in 13 contests.
|May 14 10:24 AM PT11:24 AM MT12:24 PM CT1:24 PM ET13:24 ET17:24 GMT1:24 CST10:24 AM MST12:24 PM EST12:54 PM VEN21:24 UAE12:24 PM CT-Aoki was 3 for 5 with two doubles and matched a career high with three RBIs in Milwaukee's 5-1 win at Pittsburgh on Monday.
Analysis: Aoki, who also had two stolen bases, is 17 for 40 (.425) over his last 10 g ames.
|May 11 3:36 PM PT4:36 PM MT5:36 PM CT6:36 PM ET18:36 ET22:36 GMT6:36 CST3:36 PM MST5:36 PM EST6:06 PM VEN2:36 UAE (+1)5:36 PM CT-Aoki was 3 for 3 and scored his 18th run in Milwaukee's 4-3 loss at Cincinnati on Friday.
Analysis: Aoki is 13 for 26 over his last seven games, raising his batting average from .247 to .301 in less than two weeks.
|May 8 8:31 AM PT9:31 AM MT10:31 AM CT11:31 AM ET11:31 ET15:31 GMT23:31 CST8:31 AM MST10:31 AM EST11:01 AM VEN19:31 UAE10:31 AM CT-Aoki had two hits in Tuesday's 6-3 win over Texas.
Analysis: Aoki is 8 for 19 in his last five games.
|Apr. 8 4:00 PM PT5:00 PM MT6:00 PM CT7:00 PM ET19:00 ET23:00 GMT7:00 CST4:00 PM MST6:00 PM EST6:30 PM VEN3:00 UAE (+1)6:00 PM CT-Aoki went 4 for 6 with three RBIs in an 8-7 loss to Arizona on Sunday.
Analysis: Aoki has seven hits in 13 at-bats over his last three games.
|Apr. 1 4:03 PM PT5:03 PM MT6:03 PM CT7:03 PM ET19:03 ET23:03 GMT7:03 CST4:03 PM MST6:03 PM EST6:33 PM VEN3:03 UAE (+1)6:03 PM CT-Aoki homered in the opener for the Brewers in a 5-4, 10-inning victory over Colorado on Monday.
Analysis: It was a solo shot for Aoki, who had just 10 homers all of last season.