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 ...

Call-up lights fire under Fujinami

Nov 23, 2016

Call-up lights fire under Fujinami

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Shintaro Fujinami’s recent Samurai Japan call-up may have been taken him by surprise, but he said the opportunity won’t be taken for granted. Although Fujinami had been a regular member of manager Hiroki Kokubo’s pitching staff, the right-hander was coming off his worst season ...

Nov 13, 2016

Samurai Japan likely to sweep Nakata from cleanup spot

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After four games against Mexico and the Netherlands, Samurai Japan manager Hiroki Kokubo’s experiment with Sho Nakata as a cleanup hitter appears to be over. Nakata thrived in the No. 6 hole in last year’s Premier 12, when Takeya Nakamura batted fourth, but has ...