MINNEAPOLIS -- Major League Baseball announced the details for a five-game series against Japan's National Team in November, and Twins closer Glen Perkins said Friday he's on the preliminary roster.
MLB's announcement on Thursday only officially named Robinson Cano (Mariners), Adam Jones (Orioles), Yasiel Puig (Dodgers) and Albert Pujols (Angels) as participants. Rangers manager Ron Washington will serve as manager.
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."