South Korea ready to face Japan in semifinals of Premier 12

Nov 18, 2015

South Korea ready to face Japan in semifinals of Premier 12

The South Korean national team was completely overpowered by Japanese fireballer Shohei Otani in the opening game of the Premier 12 in Sapporo on Nov. 8. The South Koreans don’t plan to let that happen again on Thursday when the Asian archrivals meet in ...

Japan shuts down Puerto Rico to make Premier 12 semifinals

Nov 17, 2015

Japan shuts down Puerto Rico to make Premier 12 semifinals

Samurai Japan is returning home with no problem. Starting pitcher Kenta Maeda gave Japan a stellar outing behind its 13-hit offensive effort in a 9-3 victory over Puerto Rico in the Premier 12 quarterfinals at Taoyuan International Stadium on Monday night. Japan, the cohost ...

Venezuelan veteran Garcia still going strong

Nov 16, 2015

Venezuelan veteran Garcia still going strong

On the final day of the preliminary round of the Premier 12 on Sunday, some teams wound up jumping for joy and some left with a bitter taste in their mouths. Venezuela was in the latter group. The South Americans were in a good ...

U.S. eases by the Netherlands in Premier 12 quarterfinals

Nov 16, 2015

U.S. eases by the Netherlands in Premier 12 quarterfinals

Team USA took advantage of defensive miscues by the Netherlands and cruised to a 6-1 win in the Premier 12 quarterfinals on Monday. The United States successfully racked up three runs, capitalizing on four fielding errors by the Dutch, to take a 3-1 lead ...

Nakamura's sayonara single keeps Japan unbeaten

Nov 16, 2015

Nakamura's sayonara single keeps Japan unbeaten

Samurai Japan, which had already secured a quarterfinal berth and first place in Group B at the Premier 12, ended the preliminary stage with an unbeaten record after a 6-5 win over Venezuela at Taoyuan International Stadium on Sunday night. Late substitute Akira Nakamura ...

Part-timer Serrano enjoying Premier 12 adventure with Mexico

Nov 15, 2015

Part-timer Serrano enjoying Premier 12 adventure with Mexico

It’s a well-known fact by now that there are no major leaguers in this Premier 12. But it’s less known that some of the players aren’t even professional ballplayers at all. Mexico’s Mark Serrano is one of them. The 30-year-old right-hander is a former ...

Tsutsugo quietly playing vital role for Samurai Japan

Nov 15, 2015

Tsutsugo quietly playing vital role for Samurai Japan

Overshadowed by the home runs hit by Sho Nakata and Nobuhiro Matsuda, Yoshitomo Tsutsugo was something of an unsung hero in Japan’s 10-2 victory over the United States on Saturday night in the Premier 12. Tsutsugo didn’t blast a homer like his two teammates. ...

Japan hammers U.S. to book spot in quarterfinals

Nov 15, 2015

Japan hammers U.S. to book spot in quarterfinals

Samurai Japan clobbered the United States and clinched a quarterfinal berth at the Premier 12 in the process. Sho Nakata, Yoshitomo Tsutsugo and Nobuhiro Matsuda stepped up offensively and Japan scored nine runs across the sixth and seventh innings of a lopsided 10-2 victory ...