Hawks silence Japan's bats

Feb 25, 2017

Hawks silence Japan's bats

Right-hander Nao Higashihama combined with five pitchers for a four-hit shutout as the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks blanked the Japan national team 2-0 in a practice game on Saturday. Hiroshima Carp infielder Ryosuke Kikuchi, a member of the 28-man Samurai Japan squad preparing for the ...

Samurai Japan opens training camp ahead of World Baseball Classic

Feb 23, 2017

Samurai Japan opens training camp ahead of World Baseball Classic

Japan manager Hiroki Kokubo and all of his players, except Houston Astros outfielder Norichika Aoki, opened training camp in Miyazaki on Thursday in preparation for next month’s World Baseball Classic. Aoki, the only major leaguer on the Japan roster for the March 6-22 tournament, ...

Otani to be dropped from Samurai Japan's WBC roster

Feb 3, 2017

Otani to be dropped from Samurai Japan's WBC roster

Shohei Otani will be taken off the 28-man roster for the upcoming World Baseball Classic, Samurai Japan skipper Hiroki Kokubo said Friday. Otani will be replaced with another starting pitcher on the final roster, which must be submitted by Monday’s deadline. “The condition (of ...

Otani sidelined by fever

Jan 30, 2017

Otani sidelined by fever

Japan’s two-way phenom Shohei Otani rung up a fever of 38.5 that forced him out of Sunday’s workout with the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters, and there is growing concern about what kind of shape the sweet-hitting fireballer will be in when the World Baseball ...