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Dodgers' Puig to Play on MLB All-Star Team in Japan

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    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.

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    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.

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    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
     

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