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Cleveland Indians reliever Dan Otero will join MLB All-Star series in Japan

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Right-handed reliever Dan Otero will represent the Cleveland Indians, joining a team of Major League Baseball players for an upcoming series of exhibition games against Nippon Professional Baseball in Japan.

The series, which includes seven games Nov. 8-15, features an All-Star roster of players from MLB in partnership with the Major League Baseball Players Association.

Otero will be the only current Indians player on the MLB roster, headlined by a pair of young National League stars — Ronald Acuna Jr and Juan Soto — who are both in the running for N.L. Rookie of the Year.

In 61 appearances for Cleveland this season, Otero went 2-1 with one save in 58 2/3 innings. He posted a 4.76 earned run average and averaged 6.6 strikeouts per nine innings.

Otero will also have the chance to be reunited with former Indians first baseman Carlos Santana, who joined Philadelphia in 2018. Santana and Phillies teammate Rhys Hoskins are expected to join the MLB roster.

Marlins manager Don Mattingly will lead the MLB squad, along with Mariners hitting coach Edgar Martinez and former Yankee great Hideki Matsui.

The series reignites a tradition that dates back to 1908 and marks the 37th time that players from Major League Baseball will tour Japan.

The All-Star Series will be played in Tokyo (Tokyo Dome), Hiroshima (Mazda Zoom Zoom Stadium) and Nagoya (Nagoya Dome). The events will begin with an exhibition game against the Yomiuri Giants in Tokyo on November 8, followed by three games in Tokyo from November 9-11, one game in Hiroshima on November 13 and two games in Nagoya on November 14-15.

MLB Network will provide extensive coverage of the 2018 All-Star Series, including live telecasts of the games from November 9-15.

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