Springfield, MO - As the Springfield Cardinals begin a four-game home series against the Northwest Arkansas Naturals tonight, Kansas City Royals OF Nori Aoki is expected to continue his Rehab Assignment with the Naturals throughout the series at Hammons Field.
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Aoki, 32, is in his first season with the Royals and third in Major League Baseball, after putting together a stellar career in the Nippon Professional Baseball League in Japan. This season, he has suited up in 68 games for Kansas City, compiling a .263 average with 12 doubles, two triples and 14 RBIs.
The Hyuga City, Japan native made his Major League debut with the Milwaukee Brewers on April 6, 2012. Through his two seasons and 306 games as a Brewer, he logged 321 hits with 18 home runs, 57 doubles, seven triples and 87 RBIs, while hitting at least .286 both years.
Prior to coming to the United States, Aoki put together a career average of .329 with 1,284 hits, 84 home runs, 385 RBIs and 164 stolen bases through six seasons with the Tokyo Yakult Swallows. He is one of only four players to register 200 or more hits in a single season in Japanese Professional Baseball. Aoki also played for Japan in the World Baseball Classic in 2006 and 2009.
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The brand-new Promo Seats Package includes one Diamond Box Ticket for a game featuring a Promotional Item and guarantees that you receive one of that night's Promotional Items, plus a portion of the ticket sales will benefit the Hamels Foundation Cardinals Youth Initiative to provide tickets for area youth and non-profit organizations.
By purchasing the Promo Seats, fans will have an item reserved for them regardless of where they are in line or what time they arrive at the game. And, for the first time, out-of-town fans that order a Promo Seat Package can choose to have their Promotional Item mailed to them for an additional shipping and handling charge of $10 per item. Both out of town fans and those unable to make the game may donate their game ticket to the Hamels Foundation Cardinals Youth Initiative.
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Kolten Wong Bobbleheads, Friday Night Fireworks with Music from Kids Movies, U.S.A Hockey Jersey Auction and more coming up
The Cardinals kick off a four-game homestand tonight against Royals OF Nori Aoki and the Northwest Arkansas Naturals. First Pitch tonight is 7:10pm, with gates opening at 6:10pm.
The homestand will also include -
-U.S. Cellular Kolten Wong Bobblehead Giveaway (2,500) and $1 Brats on Thursday, July 10 at 7:10pm. Gates open at 6:10pm.
-AM Pyrotechnics Friday Night Fireworks featuring Music from Kids Movies on Friday, July 11 at 7:10pm. Gates open at 6:10pm.
-U.S.A Hockey Specialty Jersey Auction to benefit Horses of Hope during the Saturday, July 12 game at 6:10pm. Gates open at 5:10pm.
For information about becoming a Season Ticket Holder, organizing a Group Outing, booking a The Cup Birthday Party or ordering Individual Game Tickets right now, call the Front Office at (417) 863-2143 or visit SpringfieldCardinals.com.
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