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Stars to face Japan national team in five-game series
August 21, 2014 / 5:55 PM / in 3 years

Stars to face Japan national team in five-game series

(Reuters) - All-Star slugger Albert Pujols of the Los Angeles Angels and the Seattle Mariners’ Robinson Cano headline a Major League Baseball squad that will take on the Japan national team in a five-game series, MLB said on Thursday.

Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols (5) runs the bases after he hits a solo home run in the nineteenth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The Baltimore Orioles’ Adam Jones and Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig have also been confirmed for the series that will be played from Nov. 12-18 with games in Osaka, Tokyo and Sapporo.

Texas Rangers skipper Ron Washington, who led his team to back-to-back American League pennants in 2010 and 2011, will manage the team.

The 2014 renewal of the event will mark the 11th All-Star series and the 36th time overall that a team of Major Leaguers has toured Japan dating back to 1908.

The current five-game format was first played in 2006, which was the last time the MLB All-Stars faced off against the Japan All-Stars.

The MLB trip will also include a pair of exhibition games in Osaka on Nov. 11 and Okinawa on Nov. 20.

Reporting by Steve Keating in Toronto. Editing by Gene Cherry

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