Baseball: Japan to face Mexico in WBC semis, Sasaki set to start


Samurai Japan touched down Friday ahead of a World Baseball Classic semifinal showdown against Mexico in Miami, where 21-year-old pitching sensation Roki Sasaki is tipped to start for the two-time champions.

The Lotte Marines star was among the Japan players who took part in the team’s first practice after arriving on a charter flight in the early hours.

“We’re here to win the championship, so of course I’ll do my best to win the next game,” Sasaki said of Monday’s do-or-die semifinal.

Pool C winner Mexico came back to beat Pool D runner-up Puerto Rico 5-4 in a thrilling quarterfinal Friday at...

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