Japan wins third-place game

Nov 21, 2015

Japan wins third-place game

Samurai Japan disappointed its home crowd in a stunning semifinal loss to South Korea two days previously. But the Premier 12 cohost bounced back with an 11-1 rout of Mexico in the third-place game on Saturday at Tokyo Dome. Japan’s leadoff hitter, Shogo Akiyama, ...

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 ...