Adrián González and Kenta Maeda Take Flight to Japan

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The off-season for Adrián González and Kenta Maeda includes traveling the world to represent their nations of Mexico and Japan. Both teams opened up the 2016 Samurai Japan Challenge on Thursday, Nov. 10.

The Mexican national team defeated Japan in a 7-3 win at Tokyo Dome. Mexico manager Edgar Gonzalez returned to his former Yomiuri Giants playing days.

“I feel very happy, very happy that we got the first win,” Gonzalez said. “I know (Japan) is a very tough team.”

The other team that was involved in the exhibition challenge to prepare for the 2017 World Baseball Classic was The Netherlands.

Adrián González, who did not play, got help from a minor league player that flipped the script. Alex Verdugo hit the game-tying RBI double in the fourth.

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The national team had some fun and joined to complete the Mannequin Challenge.

Even though González did not play in the exhibition games, he decided to visit Kenta Maeda instead. He arrived in Tokyo on Wednesday and spent time with his teammate.

Maeda got the chance to catch the Samurai Japan Challenge at the Tokyo Dome.

Who is excited about the finals of the World Baseball Classic taking place at Dodger Stadium?

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Written by Janice Garcia

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