The NPB held a press conference at a hotel in Tokyo today and officially announced the Higashi Nihon Earthquake Relief Baseball Match scheduled on March 10 at Tokyo Dome.
Via the NPB's special site: February 3 at 10am - March 9 at 23:00
Advance tickets: February 3 at 10am - February 15 at 18:00
Regular tickets: February 18 at 10am -
UPDATE @ 9:24pm - All players named to the Samurai Japan roster will be receiving Samurai Japan pin badges. Designs for the badges will change with each tournament.
Koji Akiyama on the players that were selected to the roster:
Being a title holder [was an important factor]. And within that, young players with bright futures. Chances to play in international games do not come very often. I think their experiences playing for Samurai Japan will lead to their successes. We kept that in mind when making our selections.
Samurai Japan Roster
|Pos||Player JPN||Player ENG||Team|
|MGR||秋山 幸二||Akiyama, Koji||SOF|
|P||斎藤 佑樹||Saito, Yuki||HAM|
|P||平野 佳寿||Hirano, Yoshihisa||ORI|
|P||田中 将大||Tanaka, Masahiro||RAK|
|P||吉見 一起||Yoshimi, Kazuki||CHU|
|P||浅尾 拓也||Asao, Takuya||CHU|
|P||石川 雅規||Ishikawa, Masanori||YAK|
|P||澤村 拓一||Sawamura, Hirokazu||YOM|
|P||内海 哲也||Utsumi, Tetsuya||YOM|
|C||細川 亨||Hosokawa, Toru||SOF|
|C||炭谷 銀仁朗||Sumitani, Ginjiro||SEI|
|C||嶋 基宏||Shima, Motohiro||RAK|
|INF||本多 雄一||Honda, Yuichi||SOF|
|INF||中島 裕之||Nakajima, Hiroyuki||SEI|
|INF||中村 剛也||Nakamura, Takeya||SEI|
|INF||坂本 勇人||Sakamoto, Hayato||YOM|
|INF||新井 貴浩||Arai, Takahiro||HAN|
|INF||栗原 健太||Kurihara, Kenta||HIR|
|INF||渡辺 直人||Watanabe, Naoto||YOK|
|OF||内川 聖一||Uchikawa, Seiichi||SOF|
|OF||中田 翔||Nakata, Sho||HAM|
|OF||糸井 嘉男||Itoi, Yoshio||HAM|
|OF||坂口 智隆||Sakaguchi, Tomotaka||ORI|
|OF||岡田 幸文||Okada, Yoshifumi||LOT|
|OF||長野 久義||Chono, Hisayoshi||YOM|
- Masahiro Tanaka will most likely start the game for the NPB and go about three innings.
- Takahiro Arai is the oldest player on the roster.