If Team Japan makes it into the later rounds and faces Cuba, it seems they'll start Tomoyuki Sugano. Until then, he'll likely work out of the pen. Takahiro Fujioka will start against Cuba during the first round.
Speaking of Cuba...
During their press conference on Friday, they apparently also said that they weren't too impressed with Hirokazu Sawamura because there were plenty of pitchers like him in Cuba.
Cuba also played a practice game on Saturday and beat Industrial League team Honda, 6-5. The big bopper in the line-up, Yoennis Céspedes, hit 2 homers in the game. Alfredo Despaigne and Yorbis Borroto each had two doubles a piece.