| Feb 16, 2013

Japan begins preparations for WBC

Samurai Japan hopefuls got under way with a training camp in Miyazaki on Friday as they aim to be named for the squad for the upcoming World Baseball Classic. Japan manager Koji Yamamoto, who has been tasked with trying to win the country’s third ...

| Feb 13, 2013

Verlander passes on playing in WBC

Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander has turned down an offer to join the U.S. team at next month’s World Baseball Classic he said on Monday. Verlander, the American League MVP and Cy Young Award winner in 2011, said he didn’t feel his arm would ...

Ichiro, Kuroda decline WBC invite

| Nov 20, 2012

Ichiro, Kuroda decline WBC invite

Ichiro Suzuki and Hiroki Kuroda confirmed Monday what had already been brewing in the rumor mill: they will not play for two-time defending champion Japan in the 2013 World Baseball Classic. Outfielder Ichiro and right-hander Kuroda are both free agents from the New York ...