• Kyodo News


Newly acquired Yomiuri Giants right-hander Micheal Nakamura has decided not to play for the Australian national team at the World Baseball Classic in March, sources familiar with the matter said Tuesday.

Nakamura, who was dealt to the Giants in a trade from the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters during the offseason, said his main priority is to help his team win a Japan Series title in 2009.

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