Wada proud to represent MLB

Nov 15, 2014

Wada proud to represent MLB

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Tsuyoshi Wada entered Game 2 of the MLB-Japan All-Star Series on Friday night at Tokyo Dome to the strains of Tom Petty’s 1989 hit “Free Fallin’,” which was serving as the de facto soundtrack to Rob Wooten’s exit from the game after having given ...

Samurai Japan loses warm-up game

Nov 10, 2014

Samurai Japan loses warm-up game

Samurai Japan’s warm-up effort on Monday came out half baked, as manager Hiroki Kokubo’s squad lost 1-0 to a team selected from the rosters of the Pacific League’s Fukuoka Softbank Hawks and Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters. Samurai Japan will open its five-game series against ...

Sep 18, 2014

Narahara, Inaba join Kokubo's Samurai Japan staff

Japan national team manager Hiroki Kokubo had hoped to get active coaches to help him select national team players and got his wish on Thursday, when a pair of active first-team coaches were named to the Samurai Japan staff. Hiroshi Narahara, currently the Seibu ...

NPB officials welcome return of series against MLB

Jul 16, 2014

NPB officials welcome return of series against MLB

Eight years after turning their backs on visiting major league all-star tours, Japan’s players are welcoming the big leaguers back with open arms for games in November. For the first time since 2006, a team of major league all stars will visit Japan in ...

Jun 11, 2014

MLB All-Star squad to face Samurai Japan in November

Major League Baseball will organize an All-Star team and visit Japan this fall to play Samurai Japan, Nippon Professional Baseball announced on Tuesday. According to a press release, the MLB All-Stars are scheduled to play six games — five contests and an exhibition game ...

Kagawa invigorated by performance against New Zealand

Mar 6, 2014

Kagawa invigorated by performance against New Zealand

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Shinji Kagawa believes he can rescue his Manchester United career after starring in Japan’s 4-2 friendly win over New Zealand on Wednesday night. Kagawa set up Shinji Okazaki for Japan’s opener before winning and converting a penalty himself at National Stadium, and also had ...