All-Star lefty reliever known for his cool over-the-top delivery. He was area of the 2007 Globe Series Champ Boston Crimson Sox. He performed football at Higashiyama SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL in Japan. He became a member of the Oakland Athletics in 2013. He wedded Yuka Kurihara in 2001. Designated hitter David Ortiz was his teammate over the Red Sox.