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 ...

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 his ankle) ...

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 ...

Call-up lights fire under Fujinami

Nov 23, 2016

Call-up lights fire under Fujinami

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Shintaro Fujinami's recent Samurai Japan call-up may have been taken him by surprise, but he said the opportunity won't be taken for granted. Although Fujinami had been a regular member of manager Hiroki Kokubo's pitching staff, the right-hander was coming off his worst season as ...