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Tsuyoshi Wada Joins MLB All-Stars In Japan

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The Cubs left-hander will pitch for MLB in the 2014 Japan All-Star Series.

Jonathan Daniel

Tsuyoshi Wada is heading back to Japan, and he won't even have to leave the Cubs to do so.

Major League Baseball announced the roster for the upcoming 2014 Japan All-Star Series, and the Cubs' Tsuyoshi Wada was named to the team. The Aichi Prefecture native pitched nine years for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks before coming to America in 2012. Earlier in the week, Wada re-signed with the Cubs for the 2015 season for a reported $4 million. Wada was 4-4 with a 3.25 ERA in 13 starts for the Cubs this past season.

The MLB All-Star Team will be managed by Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell and has some big names playing for it this year including Yasiel PuigRobinson Cano, and Jose Altuve.  One of the surprise entrants is former Cub Jose Veras who ended up having a decent end to his 2014 season with the Houston Astros, posting a 3.03 ERA and 1.255 WHIP in 34 outings. Former Cub Jeff Beliveau, who had a nice season with the Tampa Bay Rays, was also named to the 29-man team.

This is the first time that MLB is sending a team to the Japan All-Star series since 2006, when they fielded a roster that included All-Stars Bronson ArroyoRyan Howard,John LackeyDavid Wright, and Joe Mauer.

The full roster of this year's team is as follows:

PITCHERS (14) Jeff Beliveau, Jerry Blevins, Chris Capuano, Randy Choate, Jeremy Guthrie, Tommy Hunter, Hisashi Iwakuma,  Mark Melancon,  Franklin Morales, Hector Santiago, Matt Shoemaker, Jose Veras,  Tsuyoshi Wada, Rob Wooten,

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

INFIELDERS (7) Jose Altuve, Robinson Cano,  Alcides Escobar, Evan Longoria, Justin Morneau,  Eduardo Nunez,  Carlos Santana,

OUTFIELDERS (2) Dexter Fowler,  Yasiel Puig,

INFIELDERS/OUTFIELDERS (3) Chris Carter, Lucas Duda, Ben Zobrist.

All seven games will be broadcast on the MLB Network, with all but one game starting at 3 am Central. The other starts at 4 am Central. (Ouch.) But don't worry. The MLB Network will rebroadcast each game at 8 pm Central later that day. Former Cub Mark DeRosa will be one of the broadcasters of the series, along with Paul Severino and Darryl Hamilton.

Here is the schedule of next week's games (all time Central):

  • Tuesday Nov. 11: Exhibition vs. Hanshin Tigers/Yomiuri Giants at Koshien (3 a.m.)
  • Wednesday Nov. 12: Game 1 at Kyocera Dome, Osaka (3 a.m.)
  • Friday, Nov. 14: Game 2 at Tokyo Dome (3 a.m.)
  • Saturday, Nov. 15: Game 3 at Tokyo Dome (3 a.m.)
  • Sunday, Nov. 16: Game 4 at Tokyo Dome (3 a.m.)
  • Tuesday, Nov. 18: Game 5 at Sapporo Dome, Sapporo (4 a.m.)
  • Thursday, Nov. 20: Exhibition vs. Team Japan, Okinawa (3 a.m.)
  • Congratulations to Wada for making the team, and here's hoping that he puts up a great performance while he's there.

    I think we can all agree that some baseball is better than no baseball, so I'm looking forward to the Japan Series and to watching Wada pitch in his native land.

    (Russ La Croix contributed to this article.)