Taiwan's Yoh, Chen draw on experiences playing in NPB

Nov 14, 2015

Taiwan's Yoh, Chen draw on experiences playing in NPB

Yang Dai-kang, who is better known as Daikan Yoh in Japan, has already become a star player for the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters, but the fame swells when he puts on the Taiwan national team jersey for the nation’s citizens. Yoh, who has represented ...

Japan stays unbeaten as Nakata stars again

Nov 13, 2015

Japan stays unbeaten as Nakata stars again

For the second night in a row, Sho Nakata stole the show. The slugger broke a 2-2 tie with a two-run double in the top of the eighth inning and Samurai Japan preserved its unbeaten record in the Premier 12 with a 4-2 win ...

Japan beats Mexico on sayonara single

Nov 12, 2015

Japan beats Mexico on sayonara single

Samurai Japan earned its second win ― its first since arriving in Taiwan ― through a hard-fought battle. Slugger Sho Nakata hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth as Japan defeated Mexico 6―5 at Tien-Mou Stadium on Wednesday night in a ...

Otani lives up to top billing in Premier 12 opener

Nov 9, 2015

Otani lives up to top billing in Premier 12 opener

That’s what you call dominance. Shohei Otani, the baby-faced assassin of the Japan national team, was the king of the mound against South Korea in Sunday’s tournament opener at the inaugural Premier 12 at Sapporo Dome. The 21-year-old right-hander blanked the Koreans, fanning 10 ...

Premier 12 begins with Japan-South Korea clash

Nov 7, 2015

Premier 12 begins with Japan-South Korea clash

One day before the inaugural Premier 12 debuts, Japan national baseball team manager Hiroki Kokubo and South Korea skipper Kim In-sik addressed the media at a Sapporo hotel on Saturday evening. “As it’s finally beginning, we’re thrilled,” Kokubo said. “It’s the first tournament, but ...

Foreign quarterbacks raising standards in X League

Nov 2, 2015

Foreign quarterbacks raising standards in X League

In Japanese football’s eight decades of history, the last few years have clearly been an epoch-making period because of one trend: an influx of American quarterbacks. Since the IBM BigBlue became the first team to have an American — Kevin Craft — at the ...