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Iwakuma said Saturday he does not want to return to Japan when his contract expires after this season, the Tacoma News Tribune reports.

The Mariners likely will re-sign Iwakuma, who has a 3.07 in three seasons in Seattle. His season last year was bookended by injuries, but he still finished second in baseball in BB/9 (1.1) and third in K:BB (7.3). He'll pitch as the No. 2 starter in the rotation again this year.

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Iwakuma (15-9) beat the Angels on Friday, while allowing two runs and striking out four hitters in 6.1 innings pitched.

In a close game, Iwakuma was pulled in the seventh inning after 80 pitches due to an undisclosed injury. He gave up solo homers to Kole Calhoun and Mike Trout, but other than the sixth-inning blasts Iwakuma was on his game. In his last regular season start of the year, Iwakuma ends 2014 with a 3.52 ERA and 154 strikeouts.

Hisashi Iwakuma SP SEA 5 Months

Iwakuma left Friday's game with an undisclosed injury, Shannon Drayer of 710 AM in Seattle reports.

Iwakuma has been dealing with a slight back and groin ailment recently, so this could be the reason for his departure from the game. He was pitching well, giving up just two runs in 6.1 innings. An update should be available after the game.

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According to manager Lloyd McClendon, Iwakuma has been dealing with slight back and groin issues of late, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN in Seattle reports.

Iwakuma has been knocked around of late, and the minor injuries may explain some of his issues. Iwakuma has taken three straight losses after winning six in a row and holds an ugly 9.35 ERA in the month of September. He's allowed six hits and at least four earned runs in each of his last three starts, none of which have lasted more than 4.1 innings. On the season, Iwakuma is 14-9 with a 3.54 ERA and 1.07 WHIP.

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Iwakuma struggled again Sunday against the Astros, giving up four runs on six hits and three walks over 4.1 innings. Over the last month Iwakuma has a 9.12 ERA and 1.75 WHIP, allowing 36 hits and nine walks over 25.2 innings.

The Mariners have just removed Chris Young from the rotation, but Iwakuma has collapsed down the stretch as well. For his part, Iwakuma says he's healthy but fatigued. "I'm physically healthy. There's no issue with that," Iwakuma said through interpreter Antony Suzuki. "This late in the season, we're all tired and feel fatigued at times, so we're trying to overcome that. But like I said the other day in Anaheim, it's more the balance for myself. I'm still working on making my adjustments. I'm not able to get ahead early in the count and that's kind of messing up my game plan."

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Iwakuma was knocked around for seven runs on six hits with two walks and four strikeouts over 3.1 innings Monday in a loss to the Angels.

The woes continue for Iwakuma, who has coughed up 14 runs in 13 September innings (9.69 ERA) over three starts. The seven runs allowed are the most in his career. Iwakuma has admitted to feeling out of sync, so it might be wise to sit him until he gets straightened out. He will try to get it going Saturday in Houston.

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Iwakuma lasted only 4.1 innings Wednesday, allowing four runs on six hits while walking two and striking out six Astros in a 5-2 loss.

Iwakuma has been hit hard over his last four starts, giving up 15 runs in 18 innings (7.50 ERA) and seen his season ERA rise from 2.57 to 3.11. He will try to turns things around Tuesday at the Angels.

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Iwakuma tossed 5.1 innings versus the Rangers on Friday night, allowing three earned runs on seven hits and a walk while picking up five strikeouts on the way to his 14th win of the season.

Iwakuma has not been close to top form lately, as the crafty right-hander has struggled to a 7.24 ERA and 1.46 WHIP over his last three starts. Despite the lackluster performance, he has managed to go 2-0 while registering a dozen strikeouts across 13.2 innings during the same short stretch. Iwakuma's slump, to some extent, can be attributed to an unfortunate .349 BABIP. The 33-year-old hurler will look to get back on track Wednesday night versus the Astros.

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Despite giving up three homers and not feeling great on the mound, Iwakuma held the Nationals to three runs over six innings, striking out six with zero walks.

Iwakuma was pitching on extra rest, and was also coming off his worst outing of the season. "Well I didn't feel very good on the mound," Iwakuma said. "I didn't have a very good feel on the ball today. I kind of struggled, but I was able to change speeds, mix pitches and get out of jams."‬

Hisashi Iwakuma SP SEA 6 Months

Iwakuma had an atrocious outing by his standards Sunday, allowing five runs on six hits and a walk over just 2.1 innings.

The outing Sunday was Iwakuma's shortest of the season. The five runs were greater than his total given up in his last five start combined. He also only struck out one coming off an 11-strikeout performance Tuesday. He was lucky enough to escape with a no decision, but couldn't get anyone out, throwing 67 pitches to get as far as did. The outing put a dent in his otherwise sparkling pitching stats, and he now sits at a 2.83 ERA on the year. He will look to turn things around in his next opportunity, which is scheduled for next Saturday against the Nationals.