Tokyo will host two rounds of 2017 WBC

Aug 2, 2016

Tokyo will host two rounds of 2017 WBC

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Samurai Japan’s quest to reclaim the World Baseball Classic title will begin in the nation’s capital. Tokyo was announced as a host for both rounds of the Asian region of the 2017 World Baseball Classic during a news conference at the NPB Commissioner’s office ...

Nakamura's sayonara single keeps Japan unbeaten

Nov 16, 2015

Nakamura's sayonara single keeps Japan unbeaten

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Samurai Japan, which had already secured a quarterfinal berth and first place in Group B at the Premier 12, ended the preliminary stage with an unbeaten record after a 6-5 win over Venezuela at Taoyuan International Stadium on Sunday night. Late substitute Akira Nakamura ...

Japan hammers U.S. to book spot in quarterfinals

Nov 15, 2015

Japan hammers U.S. to book spot in quarterfinals

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Samurai Japan clobbered the United States and clinched a quarterfinal berth at the Premier 12 in the process. Sho Nakata, Yoshitomo Tsutsugo and Nobuhiro Matsuda stepped up offensively and Japan scored nine runs across the sixth and seventh innings of a lopsided 10-2 victory ...

Premier 12 begins with Japan-South Korea clash

Nov 7, 2015

Premier 12 begins with Japan-South Korea clash

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One day before the inaugural Premier 12 debuts, Japan national baseball team manager Hiroki Kokubo and South Korea skipper Kim In-sik addressed the media at a Sapporo hotel on Saturday evening. “As it’s finally beginning, we’re thrilled,” Kokubo said. “It’s the first tournament, but ...

Jun 23, 2015

Kokubo eyeing Kuroda for Premier 12

Japan skipper Hiroki Kokubo said Monday he is flirting with the idea of calling up the Hiroshima Carp’s veteran right-hander Hiroki Kuroda for the inaugural Premier 12 this fall. “Fatigue is something we’ll have to consider but yes, there is the possibility,” Kokubo said ...