Second baseman Robinson Cano will be part of a Major League all-star team that will head to Japan in November to play five games against that country’s national team in a renewal of the All-Star Series.
The tour marks the first time since 2006 that Major League Baseball, in conjunction with the players union, has sent a select team to Japan for a series of games.
Cano will be joined by, among others, Angels first baseman Albert Pujols, Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig and Orioles outfielder Adam Jones. The complete team will be announced at a later date.
Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington will fill the same role for the MLB team, which will play two exhibition games in addition to its five-game series against Japan’s national team, which is known as Samurai Japan.
This will be the 11th All-Star Series between the two countries and will be the 36th time since 1908 that a collection of major-league players will have toured Japan.
The tour begins Nov. 11 with an exhibition game at Koshien Stadium in Osaka against the Hanshin Tigers/Yomiuri Giants. The All-Star Series begins the following day at the Kyocera Dome in Osaka.
The Series continues Nov. 14-16 at the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo before concluding Nov. 18 at the Sapporo Dome in Sapporo.
The tour ends Nov. 20 with an exhibition game against Japan’s national team at Okinawa Cellular Stadium on Okinawa.
It was 11 years ago Friday — Aug. 22, 2003 — that Mariners reliever Shigetosi Hasegawa gave up a home run to Jason Varitek in the eighth inning of a 6-4 loss to Boston at Fenway Park.
Varitek’s blast ended Hasegawa’s club-record scoreless streak for a reliever at 282/3 innings, which covered 25 appearances from June 3 through Aug. 17 that year.
Wednesday’s 4-3 loss in Philadelphia snapped the Mariners’ 15-game winning streak when they score at least three runs. … The Mariners lead the majors with a 2.93 ERA. No American League team finished among the top five in 2013. … Seattle’s 58 errors are the fewest among AL teams and, through Wednesday, are tied with Cincinnati for the fewest in the majors.
The Mariners open a three-game series against the Boston Red Sox at 4:10 p.m. (PDT) Friday at Fenway Park.
Right-hander Felix Hernandez (13-4 with a 1.99 ERA) will oppose Boston right-hander Joe Kelly (0-1, 5.29) in the opener. Root Sports will televise the game.
The series continues with games at 10:35 a.m. (PDT) on Saturday and Sunday.
The Mariners open a six-game homestand Monday at Safeco Field. They will play three games against Texas and, after an open date on Thursday, Aug. 28, will play three weekend games against Washington.