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Hisashi Iwakuma has had his next start pushed back to Thursday against the Orioles.

Iwakuma was previously scheduled to start Wednesday vs. the Mets, but the Mariners have decided to push him back a day. Wednesday's starter hasn't been announced, but Taijuan Walker is a possibility.

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Hisashi Iwakuma just missed out on a shutout Saturday, allowing two runs over 8 2/3 innings in a win over the A's.

Brandon Moss homered with two outs in the ninth to knock Iwakuma out of the game, denying him not only his first shutout, but actually his first career complete game. After struggling at the end of June, Iwakuma has allowed just three runs over 21 2/3 innings in winning his first three starts of July. He's struck out 25 and walked none during that span. Overall, he has an 80/8 K/BB ratio in 96 2/3 innings.

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Hisashi Iwakuma struck out 10 Twins in firing seven shutout innings in Monday's 2-0 win.

Iwakuma scattered four hits and walked none. The Japanese right-hander loves seeing Minnesota on the schedule. He's now surrendered only two unearned runs over 33 2/3 career innings against the Twins, going 5-0 in five starts. He improves to 7-4 with a 3.07 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 72/8 K/BB ratio over 88 innings. Iwakuma welcomes the A's to the Northwest on Sunday.

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Hisashi Iwakuma held the Astros to one run on seven hits over six innings in Tuesday's win.

It wasn't much of a contest, as the Mariners put up 13 runs on Jarred Cosart and the Astros staff, but it doesn't take away from Iwakuma's night. The right-hander didn't walk a batter while striking out seven, posting a strong start after two clunkers his last two times out. The win moved him to 6-4 with a 3.33 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 62/8 K/BB ratio over 81 innings. He'll take on the Twins and A's at home in a two-start week next week.

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Hisashi Iwakuma was lit up for five runs on eight hits over just four innings in a loss against the Red Sox on Wednesday.

Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said yesterday that Iwakuma's stiff neck was still "not 100 percent," but he sent the veteran out there anyway to struggle for 80 pitches. The Japanese left-hander has given up 10 runs over nine innings (10.00 ERA) over his last two starts. Seattle may decide to give him the next two weeks off and ring up a disabled list visit. If they toss him out there again, Iwakuma will at least have a manageable matchup versus Houston.

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Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said Tuesday that Hisashi Iwakuma's stiff neck is still "not 100 percent."

However, Iwakuma remains scheduled to start Wednesday and the skipper doesn't think the ailment will be an issue. "He's getting better," McClendon said. "He's not 100 percent, but did it affect him (in Kansas City)? No. He just left a couple of pitches up." Iwakuma boasts a 3.04 ERA on the season.

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Hisashi Iwakuma gave up five runs on nine hits over five innings in a no-decision against the Royals on Friday.

Iwakuma was staked a 5-0 lead through five innings, but he gave up three runs in the bottom of the fifth and didn't record an out in the sixth. Dominic Leone came in to give up the final two runs on Iwakuma's line. Given Iwakuma's sparkling ERA--even with this rocky start, it still stands at 3.04--the outing is a bit of a disappointment. He was dealing with a bit of a neck issue and it remains to be seen if that had any effect on Friday's start. He'll try to bounce back against the Indians next week.

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Hisashi Iwakuma (neck) expects to start as scheduled on Friday against the Royals.

Iwakuma came out of his most recent start with a stiff neck, but it's not a major concern. The 33-year-old has been great since coming off the DL, posting a 2.59 ERA and 46/7 K/BB ratio across nine starts. He should be started with confidence in fantasy leagues, even against a hot Royals team.

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Hisashi Iwakuma (neck) is not expected to miss his next start.

Iwakuma is currently bothered by a stiff neck and might skip his between-starts bullpen workout, but it's not a major concern. The 33-year-old has a 2.59 ERA and 47/6 K/BB ratio in 66 innings over his first nine starts this season.

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Hisashi Iwakuma is currently bothered by a stiff neck.

Iwakuma evidently must have tweaked his neck during a defeat of the Rangers on Sunday when he tossed eight innings of one-run ball. It doesn't at this point appear to be something that will keep him from making his next start, but check back later in the week just to be safe.