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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."

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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