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Brewers' Aoki to sit out World Baseball Classic
Associated Press
2012-11-14 01:55 PM
Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Norichika Aoki has decided not to participate in next year's World Baseball Classic, becoming the latest Japanese major leaguer to opt out of the tournament.

Aoki told Japan manager Koji Yamamoto that he couldn't take part because he has to prepare for next season with the Brewers, the Nikkansports newspaper reported Wednesday.

Pitchers Yu Darvish of the Texas Rangers and Hisashi Iwakuma of the Seattle Mariners already informed two-time defending champion Japan they will not be available for the March 2-19 WBC.

Yamamoto said an offer has been made to New York Yankees outfielder Ichiro Suzuki but he doesn't expect a response until his contract has been decided for next season. Suzuki, a free agent, was instrumental in Japan's WBC wins in 2006 and 2009.

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