Japan fills out team for World Baseball Classic

Jan 24, 2017

Japan fills out team for World Baseball Classic

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Samurai Japan mostly filled out its roster for the 2017 World Baseball Classic on Tuesday, adding eight players, but no major leaguers, to the 19 names released in December. The new players bring the roster up to 27, leaving one spot to be filled. "My tension ...

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 as ...

Oct 22, 2015

Fujinami to skip Premier 12 due to ailing shoulder

Hanshin Tigers pitcher Shintaro Fujinami said Thursday he has pulled out of the Japan national team ahead of next month's inaugural Premier 12 competition due to inflammation in his right shoulder. Fujinami has been dealing with pain in the shoulder since last month and he ...