Japan finalizes World Classic roster
MIYAZAKI, Japan -- Two-time defending champion Japan has announced its final 28-player team for the World Baseball Classic.
With Major League Baseball players like Ichiro Suzuki and Yu Darvish opting to sit out the March 2-19 tournament, Japan manager Koji Yamamoto chose his team out of 33 candidates from the domestic professional leagues.
Yamamoto's 13-member pitching staff is led by 24-year-old right-hander Masahiro Tanaka, who played for Japan at the 2009 tournament and had a 10-4 ...
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