Jan 28, 2017

Carp's Tanaka fills out Japan squad

Hiroshima Carp infielder Kosuke Tanaka was named as the 28th and final player in Japan’s World Baseball Classic squad, the team announced Saturday. Last season, the 27-year-old shortstop played every inning of all 143 regular-season games for Central League champion Hiroshima. He was the ...

Yomiuri's Yoh will not play for Taiwan at WBC

Jan 25, 2017

Yomiuri's Yoh will not play for Taiwan at WBC

Yomiuri Giants outfielder Daikan Yoh of Taiwan has said he will not represent his national team at the World Baseball Classic in March, a source close to the matter said Wednesday. The 30-year-old, who joined Yomiuri in the offseason as a domestic free agent, ...

Darvish rules out playing in World Baseball Classic

Jan 21, 2017

Darvish rules out playing in World Baseball Classic

Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish said Friday he is healthy and looking forward to the new season, but confirmed he will play no part in the World Baseball Classic in March with the Japan national team. After undergoing Tommy John surgery on his throwing ...

Dodgers want to keep Maeda out of WBC

Jan 12, 2017

Dodgers want to keep Maeda out of WBC

The Los Angeles Dodgers do not intend to let right-hander Kenta Maeda play for Japan in the World Baseball Classic in March, a team source said Wednesday. The source said Andrew Friedman, the Dodgers’ president of baseball operations, decided not to allow the 28-year-old ...

Samurai Japan adds Astros' Aoki to WBC roster

Dec 21, 2016

Samurai Japan adds Astros' Aoki to WBC roster

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Houston Astros outfielder Norichika Aoki has been added to the Samurai Japan roster for next spring’s World Baseball Classic, the team announced on Wednesday. The Japan national team revealed the first 18 players chosen for the roster a day earlier. The 19th man brings ...

Rangers may try to prevent Darvish from playing in WBC

Dec 15, 2016

Rangers may try to prevent Darvish from playing in WBC

The Texas Rangers will try to prevent right-hander Yu Darvish from playing for Japan at the World Baseball Classic next March, as he only made his return from an elbow injury in May, the club’s general manger Jon Daniels indicated Wednesday. Darvish returned to ...

Fighters' Laird in line to play for Mexico during WBC

Dec 7, 2016

Fighters' Laird in line to play for Mexico during WBC

Pacific League home run king Brandon Laird has agreed to play in the upcoming World Baseball Classic for Mexico, where the American infielder has an ancestral link, the Mexican team’s skipper confirmed Tuesday. Laird, this year’s Japan Series MVP for the PL champion Hokkaido ...