Japan
Japan
Japan is a two-time World Baseball Classic Champion with pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka being named Tournament MVP in both 2006 and 2009. Team Japan defeated Cuba 10- 6 in 2006 with Ichiro Suzuki scoring three of Japan's runs. In 2009, Japan faced Korea in the Final and had a 3-2 lead in the ninth when the Koreans scored a run off Yu Darvish to send the game into extra innings. In the 10th, Ichiro drove in two on a single to give Japan a 5-3 win. In 2013, Japan reached the final round but fell to Puerto Rico, 3-1, at AT&T Park in San Francisco.

Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) - the nation's first professional league - currently features the Central League and Pacific League divisions each made up of six clubs all governed by NPB. in 2016, Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters, led by players including Sho Nakata, Shohei Ohtani and Hirotoshi Masui, won the Nippon Series (equivalent to the World Series in Japan).

The two-time champions were again a force to be reckoned with in 2017, earning their way to the Finals in Los Angeles after going a perfect 6-0 through Pools B and E. But the Japanese side was done in by a 2-1 loss to the Americans in the second Semifinal.
First Round (Round Robin)
Pool B: Tokyo Tokyo Dome
Gm 1 jpn
6
11
F
Tue, Mar 7
5:00 AM EST
Tue, Mar 7
7:00 PM JST
Gm 3 aus
4
1
F
Wed, Mar 8
5:00 AM EST
Wed, Mar 8
7:00 PM JST
Gm 6 jpn
1
7
F
Fri, Mar 10
5:00 AM EST
Fri, Mar 10
7:00 PM JST
Second Round (Round Robin)
Pool E: Tokyo Tokyo Dome
Gm 2 ned
8
6
F/11
Sun, Mar 12
6:00 AM EDT
Sun, Mar 12
7:00 PM JST
Gm 4 jpn
5
8
F
Tue, Mar 14
6:00 AM EDT
Tue, Mar 14
7:00 PM JST
Gm 6 jpn
3
8
F
Wed, Mar 15
6:00 AM EDT
Wed, Mar 15
7:00 PM JST
Championship Round (Single Elimination)
Finals: Los Angeles Dodger Stadium
Gm 2 jpn
2
1
F
Tue, Mar 21
9:00 PM EDT
Tue, Mar 21
6:00 PM PDT

ROUND ROBIN STANDINGS

Pool B: Tokyo Tokyo Dome

Japan (3-0) and Cuba (2-1) have advanced to Pool E: Tokyo

Rank Team W L
1 Japan jpn 3 0
2 Cuba cub 2 1
3 Australia aus 1 2
4 China chn 0 3
Pool E: Tokyo Tokyo Dome

Japan (3-0), Kingdom of the Netherlands (2-1) advance to Championship Round in Los Angeles

Rank Team W L
1 Japan jpn 3 0
2 Kingdom of the Netherlands ned 2 1
3 Israel isr 1 2
4 Cuba cub 0 3

HEADLINES


USA ousts Japan, in case you mist it!

Team USA edged two-time Classic winner Japan on a wet, chilly Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium, courtesy of an Adam Jones ground ball to reach the final vs. Puerto Rico.


Sugano shows he can hang with MLB stars

Japan starter Tomoyuki Sugano showed he has Major League-caliber stuff on Tuesday, tossing six innings of one-run ball during the United States' 2-1 victory in the World Baseball Classic semifinal game at Dodger Stadium.



VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS


Roster
Pitchers
# Name B/T Height Weight Birth Date
12 Ryo Akiyoshi R-R 5'11" 160lbs. 03/21/1989
17 Shintaro Fujinami R-R 6'0" 180lbs. 04/12/1994
66 Yoshihisa Hirano* R-R 6'1" 185lbs. 03/08/1984
20 Ayumu Ishikawa R-R 6'1" 17lbs. 04/11/1988
35 Kazuhisa Makita R-R 5'10" 181lbs. 11/10/1984
19 Hirotoshi Masui R-R 5'11" 148lbs. 06/26/1984
15 Naoki Miyanishi L-L 5'11" 165lbs. 06/02/1985
14 Takahiro Norimoto R-R 5'10" 178lbs. 12/17/1990
34 Toshiya Okada L-L 5'10" 143lbs. 12/05/1991
41 Kodai Senga L-R 6'0" 178lbs. 01/30/1993
11 Tomoyuki Sugano R-R 6'1" 183lbs. 10/11/1989
30 Shota Takeda R-R 6'1" 185lbs. 04/03/1993
Catchers
27 Shota Ohno R-R 5'10" 169lbs. 01/13/1987
9 Ginjiro Sumitani R-R 5'11" 205lbs. 07/19/1987
Infielders
3 Nobuhiro Matsuda R-R 5'11" 187lbs. 05/17/1983
25 Yoshitomo Tsutsugoh L-R 6'0" 210lbs. 11/26/1991
Outfielders
7 Norichika Aoki L-R 5'9" 180lbs. 01/05/1982
8 Ryosuke Hirata R-R 5'9" 185lbs. 03/23/1988
13 Sho Nakata R-R 6'0" 209lbs. 04/22/1989
51 Seiya Suzuki R-R 5'11" 182lbs. 08/18/1994
1 Seiichi Uchikawa R-R 6'0" 180lbs. 08/04/1982
Designated Pitcher Pool
26 Kenta Ishida L-L 5'10" 182lbs. 03/01/1993
48 Tatsushi Masuda R-R 5'10" 176lbs. 04/23/1988
21 Masahiko Morifuku R-R 5'7" 143lbs. 07/29/1986
28 Yusuke Nomura R-R 5'10" 160lbs. 06/24/1989
18 Hirokazu Sawamura R-R 6'0" 212lbs. 04/03/1988
* Designated Pool Pitcher on the active roster that is eligible to participate in one or more consecutive rounds. After each round, these pitchers may be replaced on the Roster with another pitcher from that Federation’s Designated Pitcher Pool.
Coaching Staff
# Name Position
Hiroki Kokubo Manager
Hiroshi Gondoh Coach
Atsunori Inaba Coach
Hiroshi Narahara Coach
Toshihisa Nishi Coach
Takayuki Ohnishi Coach

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