Eduardo Nunez, Justin Morneau Head To Japan

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Eduaro Nunez is heading to Japan. No, not full-time, but as part of the MLB All-Star Tour in Japan. The tour takes place starting next week. The highlight is a five game series against Japan’s national team from November 12-18. Additional games will also be held.

The term ‘all-star’ is used loosely, if you didn’t already assume that from the fact that Eduardo Nunez is on the ‘All-Star Tour’. Nunez isn’t the only familiar Twins name heading to Japan: Colorado Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau and Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Drew Butera are also going to be on the trip.

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Big stars Albert Pujols, Bryce Harper and Adam Jones were initially announced as part of the tour but withdrew due to personal and family commitments.

The full roster:

Pitchers: 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: Drew Butera, Erik Kratz, Salvador Perez

Infielders: Jose Altuve, Robinson Cano, Alcides Escobar, Evan Longoria, Justin Morneau, Eduardo Nunez, Carlos Santana

Outfielders: Dexter Fowler, Yasiel Puig

Utility: Chris Carter, Lucas Duda, Ben Zobrist

The team will bring over a coaching staff that has some big names as well:

Manager: John Farrell

Coaches: Terry Francona, Brian Butterfield, DeMarlo Hale, Mike Maddux, Juan Nieves

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