But Perkins said he's on the tentative roster and his teammates Phil Hughes and Brian Dozier have also asked to participate. Twins first baseman Joe Mauer played in the five-game series against Japan's National Team in 2006, which was the last time the series was held. The MLB All-Stars won all five games that year.
"As long as I'm healthy, I should be there," Perkins said. "When I got the e-mail, I asked Joe about it and he said it was awesome."
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