Call-up lights fire under Fujinami

Baseball Nov 23, 2016

Call-up lights fire under Fujinami

by Jim Allen

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 ...

Baseball Nov 13, 2016

Samurai Japan likely to sweep Nakata from cleanup spot

by Jim Allen

After four games against Mexico and the Netherlands, Samurai Japan manager Hiroki Kokubo's experiment with Sho Nakata as a cleanup hitter appears to be over. Nakata thrived in the No. 6 hole in last year's Premier 12, when Takeya Nakamura batted fourth, but has been ...

Japan, Cuba to square off on first day of 2017 WBC

Baseball Nov 10, 2016

Japan, Cuba to square off on first day of 2017 WBC

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Japan's quest to recapture the title at next March's World Baseball Classic will begin against Cuba at Tokyo Dome. Two-time WBC champion Japan will face the baseball powerhouse from the Caribbean on the first day of the March 7-11 first round, then take on Australia ...

Otani headlines squad for WBC warmup tilts

Baseball Oct 18, 2016

Otani headlines squad for WBC warmup tilts

by Jason Coskrey

Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters ace/designated hitter Shohei Otani highlighted the list of players announced to the Samurai Japan roster on Tuesday for World Baseball Classic warmup games against Mexico and the Netherlands. Japan will face Mexico on Nov. 10-11, and the Netherlands on Nov. 12-13. ...

Tokyo will host two rounds of 2017 WBC

Baseball Aug 2, 2016

Tokyo will host two rounds of 2017 WBC

by Jason Coskrey

Samurai Japan's quest to reclaim the World Baseball Classic title will begin in the nation's capital. Tokyo was announced as a host for both rounds of the Asian region of the 2017 World Baseball Classic during a news conference at the NPB Commissioner's office on ...