Girardi offers little explanation for Game 3 moves

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Sam Borden of the New York Journal News notes that Joe Girardi didn’t have much of a postgame explanation for why he pulled David Robertson for fellow right-hander Alfredo Aceves last night, saying merely that he “liked the matchup better” against Howie Kendrick.
Kendrick, who was 1-for-2 lifetime against Robertson and had never faced Aceves, singled with two outs and then came around to score the game-winning run on Jeff Mathis’ double into the left-center field gap. After doing everything possible to over-manage the game in an extra-inning loss, Girardi’s “postgame press conference lasted about three minutes.”
In fairness, you probably wouldn’t stick around and talk to reporters either if you were still itching to make another pitching change.

The Mariners have made an offer to bring back Hisashi Iwakuma

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Hisashi Iwakuma tells the Japan Times that the Mariners have made him an offer to return.

Iwakuma became a free agent earlier this month after the Mariners, not surprisingly, declined his $10 million option for 2018. Iwakuma says that it’s “not a done deal,” but “hopefully I will be able to make a positive announcement soon.”

Iwakuma, who turns 37 early next season, made only six starts in 2017, posting a 4.35 ERA, 3.5 BB/9 and 4.6 SO/9 over 31 innings. He went on the disabled list in May and never returned to action, undergoing arthroscopic debridement surgery in September. He hopes to be recovered fully by spring training.