Tokyo will host two rounds of 2017 WBC

Aug 2, 2016

Tokyo will host two rounds of 2017 WBC

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Samurai Japan’s quest to reclaim the World Baseball Classic title will begin in the nation’s capital. Tokyo was announced as a host for both rounds of the Asian region of the 2017 World Baseball Classic during a news conference at the NPB Commissioner’s office ...

Jul 17, 2016

Samurai Japan to face Mexico, Netherlands in November

Samurai Japan will play games against Mexico and the Netherlands in November, with an eye on next year’s World Baseball Classic, Nippon Professional Baseball announced Sunday. Mexico is managed by Yomiuri Giants scout Edgar Gonzalez, while the Netherlands team will be managed by San ...

Samurai Japan rallies to complete sweep of Taiwan

Mar 6, 2016

Samurai Japan rallies to complete sweep of Taiwan

Samurai Japan completed a sweep of its two-game friendly series with Taiwan, coming from behind to record a 9-3 win on Sunday. The game was close until two-time World Baseball Classic champion Japan lit up right-hander Chen Hung-wen in the ninth. With the 2017 ...

Samurai Japan earns shutout over Taiwan

Mar 5, 2016

Samurai Japan earns shutout over Taiwan

Samurai Japan started its countdown to the 2017 World Baseball Classic on Saturday with a 5-0 win in the first of two exhibition games against Taiwan. Yakult Swallows catcher Yuhei Nakamura broke the ice in the bottom of the second inning with a two-out, ...

Mar 2, 2016

Akaminai to replace Kawabata for Taiwan games

Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles corner infielder Ginji Akaminai has been called up for the Japan national team in place of Tokyo Yakult Swallows third baseman Shingo Kawabata, who has been diagnosed with influenza, for two games against Taiwan this weekend, NPB Enterprises announced Wednesday. ...

Tone joins Samurai Japan squad; Osera pulls out

Feb 21, 2016

Tone joins Samurai Japan squad; Osera pulls out

Second-year Yomiuri Giants lefty Chiaki Tone was named on Sunday to Japan’s national team for its international exhibition games against Taiwan in March, while Hiroshima Carp right-hander Daiichi Osera pulled out. The 23-year-old Tone pitched in 46 games last season, compiling a 1-1 record ...

Feb 20, 2016

Maru replaces injured Kajitani for Samurai Japan exhibition games

Hiroshima Carp center fielder Yoshihiro Maru has been summoned to play for the national team in March’s international exhibitions against Taiwan, NPB Enterprises announced Saturday. Maru, who had been a fixture on Samurai Japan manager Hiroki Kokubo’s team, will take the place of Yokohama ...

Japan wins third-place game

Nov 21, 2015

Japan wins third-place game

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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, ...