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 ...

Otani headlines squad for WBC warmup tilts

Oct 18, 2016

Otani headlines squad for WBC warmup tilts

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Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters ace/designated hitter Shohei Otani highlighted the list of players announced to the Samurai Japan roster on Tuesday for World Baseball Classic warmup games against Mexico and the Netherlands. Japan will face Mexico on Nov. 10-11, and the Netherlands on Nov. ...

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 ...