• Lacking star power, Japan still on familiar path

    Summary of 5 articles · Updated Mar 15, 2013
    "But give [Team Japan] credit, though. Referring to Japan, he added, "Give them credit, though. They pitched well. They played well." Cubs pitcher Kyuji Fujikawa, who pitched for Team Japan in the 2006 and '09 World Baseball Classics, took out the lineup card and exchanged it with Japan's Shinnosuke Abe. Here were two defending champions the San Francisco Giants, winners of two of the last three World Series, and Team Japan, winner of the two previous World Baseball Classics. "They're not known for their power, but they drove some balls well today," Bochy said. While the team waits to see whom it will play in the semifinals Sunday in San Francisco, it stopped in Arizona on Thursday to play an exhibition against another set of defending champions, the Giants.
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