Yasiel Puig of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts to his single to score Dee Gordon #9 for a 2-0 lead over the Milwaukee Brewers during the fifth inning at Dodger Stadium on August 15, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Yasiel Puig might be brushing up on how to use chopsticks.
The Dodgers outfielder is among the first group of Major League all-stars named to the team that will travel to Japan for a five-game series against Japan’s National Team - "Samurai Japan" - in November.
He’ll be joined by Robinson Cano of the Seattle Mariners, Adam Jones from the Baltimore Orioles, and Albert Pujols of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Others will be named later, and I suspect a certain shaggy-haired, Cy-Young winning, Dodgers left-hander will be added to the squad. But, we'll have to wait and see.
The team will be led by Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington.
The series started in 1908, and this year will mark the 36th time that big leaguers have traveled to Japan for exhibition games.
The last time MLB sent a team of all-stars was in 2006, which was also the first time the five-game format was used. The U.S. went 5-0. Shocker.
MLB also announced the schedule:
Tuesday, Nov. 11: Exhibition Game vs. Hanshin Tigers/Yomiuri Giants at Koshien
Wednesday, Nov. 12: Game #1 at Kyocera Dome, Osaka
Thursday, Nov. 13: Travel Day
Friday, Nov. 14: Game #2 at Tokyo Dome, Tokyo
Saturday, Nov. 15: Game #3 at Tokyo Dome, Tokyo
Sunday, Nov. 16: Game #4 at Tokyo Dome, Tokyo
Monday, Nov. 17: Travel Day
Tuesday, Nov. 18: Game #5 at Sapporo Dome, Sapporo
Wednesday, Nov. 19: Travel Day
Thursday, Nov. 20: Exhibition Game vs Team Japan, Okinawa