New York Yankees outfielder Hideki Matsui will be included in Japan’s 30-man roster for next spring’s inaugural World Baseball Classic, manager Sadaharu Oh said Thursday. “Will I put him in? Yeah, that’s right,” Oh said on the eve of the announcement of his team for the WBC, the first-ever tournament featuring major league players representing their countries. Matsui, who agreed with the Yankees on a new four-year contract last month, has yet to make clear whether he will take part in the WBC to be played in March. Oh also indicated he has got the nod from three other Japanese major league players — Seattle Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki, Chicago White Sox infielder Tadahito Iguchi and San Diego Padres pitcher Akinori Otsuka — to offers to make the roster. Baseball sources said right-hander Shunsuke Watanabe and catcher Tomoya Satozaki, the Lotte Marines battery mates who helped the Pacific League team to its first Japan Series title in 31 years, have apparently been shortlisted to play for Oh’s team.
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