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US-based Samurai won't play in WBC: reports

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Two-time champions Japan will likely miss their US-based players in next year's World Baseball Classic, local media said Tuesday, after mega-star Ichiro Suzuki announced he would stay away from the tournament. 

Two-time champions Japan will likely miss their US-based players in next year's World Baseball Classic, local media said Tuesday, after mega-star Ichiro Suzuki, pictured in October 2012, announced he would stay away from the tournament.

The 10-time Major League all-star, currently a free agent, is the latest Japanese player plying his trade in the US to turn down the national team, the Asahi Shimbun and the Mainichi Shimbun said.

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