Inaba set to be named next Samurai Japan manager

/ Jul 19, 2017

Inaba set to be named next Samurai Japan manager

Atsunori Inaba will be named the new manager of Japan's national men's baseball team as early as next week, an official source said Wednesday. The 44-year-old former outfielder, who starred with the Central League's Yakult Swallows and the Pacific League's Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters, was ...

/ May 18, 2017

Marines sign Cuban outfielder Santos

The Chiba Lotte Marines have agreed on a deal worth $200,000 with Cuban outfielder Roel Santos, the Pacific League club said Thursday. The 29-year-old Santos, who throws and bats left-handed, is known for his speed and defensive skills, and served as the leadoff hitter for ...

Leyland motivated Team USA on way to WBC victory

Mar 24, 2017

Leyland motivated Team USA on way to WBC victory

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This, Jim Leyland insisted, was it. After leading the United States to its first World Baseball Classic title on Wednesday night, Leyland said the triumph would be the final act of his long career. "I'm not wearing any baseball uniform anymore, I can tell you that," ...

MLB players for 2020 Games unlikely

Mar 7, 2017

MLB players for 2020 Games unlikely

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Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said the league remains committed to the World Baseball Classic, and later watched Houston Astros outfielder Norichika Aoki compete for Samurai Japan. He sounded less optimistic about the chance MLB will send any of its stars back to Tokyo ...

Versatile Meng does it all for China

Mar 7, 2017

Versatile Meng does it all for China

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Meng Weiqiang may patrol left field at some point for China during the 2017 World Baseball Classic. He's also going to pitch and might even strap on a catcher's mask. There's a chance he'll do at least two of those things, maybe even all ...

Japan ready to begin quest for WBC title

Mar 6, 2017

Japan ready to begin quest for WBC title

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For Japan, the preparation has finally come to an end. The Japanese baseball apparatus has had the 2017 World Baseball Classic circled on its calendar almost from the moment Japan's run in the 2013 tournament ended two wins shy of a third straight title. Now, ...

Aoki excited to join teammates ahead of WBC

Feb 28, 2017

Aoki excited to join teammates ahead of WBC

Norichika Aoki, the sole major leaguer on the Japan national team roster for the upcoming World Baseball Classic, said Monday he is mentally ready for action but may need time to reset his sleep cycle. The 35-year-old, who was released by the Houston Astros for ...

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 March ...

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, will ...