Hunter to play in Japan

Right-handed reliever Tommy Hunter will represent the Orioles later this month at the Japan All-Star series, which is made up five games between Major League players and Japan’s national team, the Samurai Japan.

Hunter is one of 14 pitchers on the roster, managed by Boston’s skipper John Farrell, with outfielder Adam Jones originally selected but unable to make it due to other commitments.

The All-Star Series will be preceded by an exhibition game on Tuesday and another one following the five-game series on Nov. 20. In between, the marquee matchup will take place from Wednesday through Nov. 18. 

MLB Network will televise every game of the Japan All-Star Series live starting with Tuesday’s exhibition game at 4:00 a.m. (ET).  MLB.TV subscribers also will be able to watch every game live and on-demand across any of its supported devices. Each game will re-air later the same day at 9:00 p.m. (ET).

Hunter, 28, went 3-2 with a 2.97 ERA in 60 games for the Orioles. He allowed 20 earned runs over 60 2/3 innings with 11 saves.

The 29-man Major League roster includes 14 pitchers, three catchers, seven infielders, two outfielders and three infielders-outfielders. Here’s the full roster:

PITCHERS (14)
Jeff Beliveau, Rays
Jerry Blevins, Nationals
Chris Capuano, free agent
Randy Choate, Cardinals
Jeremy Guthrie, Royals
Tommy Hunter, Orioles
Hisashi Iwakuma, Mariners
Mark Melancon, Pirates
Franklin Morales, free agent
Hector Santiago, Angels
Matt Shoemaker, Angels
Jose Veras, Astros
Tsuyoshi Wada, Cubs
Rob Wooten, Brewers

CATCHERS (3)
Drew Butera, Dodgers
Erik Kratz, Royals
Salvador Perez, Royals

INFIELDERS (7)
Jose Altuve, Astros
Robinson Cano, Mariners
Alcides Escobar, Royals
Evan Longoria, Rays
Justin Morneau, Rockies
Eduardo Nunez, Twins
Carlos Santana, Indians

OUTFIELDERS (2)
Dexter Fowler, Astros
Yasiel Puig, Dodgers

INFIELDERS/OUTFIELDERS (3)
Chris Carter, Astros
Lucas Duda, Mets
Ben Zobrist, Rays

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