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 ...

Rakuten's Matsui aims to build on success

/ Feb 10, 2016

Rakuten's Matsui aims to build on success

Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles closer Yuki Matsui recorded a club-record 33 saves last year, but hopes to reach greater heights this year with a more efficient form that will get him through the stretch run of the season. In his second season, the southpaw was ...

Eagles rookie Matsui shelled in debut

/ Apr 2, 2014

Eagles rookie Matsui shelled in debut

Marquee Tohoku Rakuten rookie Yuki Matsui got a rude welcome in his first official game Wednesday, allowing three runs in six innings as the Eagles took a 7-1 thumping against the Orix Buffaloes. Matsui (0-1), who turned pro out of high school after being taken ...

Matsui to be in Eagles' season-opening rotation

/ Mar 13, 2014

Matsui to be in Eagles' season-opening rotation

Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles manager Senichi Hoshino announced Thursday that his team's first draft pick last season, 18-year-old pitcher Yuki Matsui, will be in the starting rotation from opening day. "He's going to be there, and he'll be in the front end of the rotation," ...