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 ...

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, ...

Tanaka not focusing on ability to be free agent after season

Feb 9, 2017

Tanaka not focusing on ability to be free agent after season

New York Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka says he is not thinking about his opt-out provision. Tanaka’s $155 million, seven-year contract allows him to terminate the deal after this season, give up a $23 million annual salary from 2018-20 and become a free agent. “It’s ...

Feb 4, 2017

Fighters' Otani laments not being able to play in WBC

Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters star Shohei Otani is shell-shocked by his injury withdrawal from the World Baseball Classic, saying on Friday he is sorry and is struggling to stay motivated. The slugging ace, currently at spring trainingwith the Japan Series champions Fighters, has had ...

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 ...

Otani sidelined by fever

Jan 30, 2017

Otani sidelined by fever

Japan’s two-way phenom Shohei Otani rung up a fever of 38.5 that forced him out of Sunday’s workout with the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters, and there is growing concern about what kind of shape the sweet-hitting fireballer will be in when the World Baseball ...