Pitching coach Gondo contributing to Japan's success at WBC

Mar 16, 2017

Pitching coach Gondo contributing to Japan's success at WBC

When Japan travels to Los Angeles for the championship round of the World Baseball Classic, the team will be joined by 78-year-old pitching coach Hiroshi Gondo. Two-time champion Japan beat Israel 8-3 on Wednesday to improve to 6-0 in the tournament. Samurai Japan will ...

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, ...