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Hunter on pitching staff for Japan All-Star Series

BALTIMORE -- Right-handed reliever Tommy Hunter will represent the Orioles this month at the Japan All-Star Series, which includes five games between Major League players and Japan's national team, Samurai Japan.

Hunter is one of 14 pitchers on the team, which will be managed by Red Sox skipper John Farrell. Outfielder Adam Jones was originally selected, but he was unable to make it due to other commitments.

The All-Star Series will be preceded by an exhibition game on Tuesday, and there will be another exhibition on Nov. 20. The five-game series will take place from Wednesday through Nov. 18. 

MLB.TV subscribers will be able to watch every game live and on-demand online and on supported mobile devices via the At Bat app.

Hunter, 28, went 3-2 with a 2.97 ERA in 60 games for the Orioles in 2014. He allowed 20 earned runs over 60 2/3 innings, with 11 saves.

The 29-man roster includes 14 pitchers, three catchers, seven infielders, two outfielders and three infielders-outfielders. Here's a list of the full team:

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

Drew Butera, Dodgers
Erik Kratz, Royals
Salvador Perez, Royals

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

Dexter Fowler, Astros
Yasiel Puig, Dodgers

Chris Carter, Astros
Lucas Duda, Mets
Ben Zobrist, Rays

Here is the schedule of games (all times ET):

  • Tuesday: Exhibition vs. Hanshin Tigers/Yomiuri Giants at Koshien (4 a.m.)
  • Wednesday: Game 1 at Kyocera Dome, Osaka (4 a.m.)
  • Friday, Nov. 14: Game 2 at Tokyo Dome (4 a.m.)
  • Saturday, Nov. 15: Game 3 at Tokyo Dome (4 a.m.)
  • Sunday, Nov. 16: Game 4 at Tokyo Dome (4 a.m.)
  • Tuesday, Nov. 18: Game 5 at Sapporo Dome, Sapporo (5 a.m.)
  • Thursday, Nov. 20: Exhibition vs. Team Japan, Okinawa (4 a.m.)
Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli.
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