Hoskins and Santana to represent Phillies in Japan

Rhys Hoskins and Carlos Santana represent Phillies in Japan
Rhys Hoskins and Carlos Santana will represent the Philadelphia Phillies in two weeks as a group of Major League stars head to Japan for a series of exhibitions against the Yomiuri Giants and a team of Japanese All-Stars.

Major League Baseball unveiled the entire roster on Monday, highlighted by four 2018 All-Stars, with Seattle Mariners outfielder Mitch Haniger and Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto joining Yadier Molina of the St. Louis Cardinals and Eugenio Suarez of the Cincinnati Reds.

Other notable stars representing MLB include Washington's Juan Soto and Atlanta's Ronald Acuna Jr. Don Mattingly helms the coaching staff.

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The MLB Stars will face the Yomiuri Giants at the Tokyo Dome on November 8 before facing the Japanese All-Star club for six contests running through November 15.

Major League Baseball last sent a team of stars to Japan in 2014 when the club won just two of six contests against the Japanese All-Stars. This year marks the 12th time a group of MLB stars will travel to Japan for an exhibition series. The inaugural series took place in 1986 with the MLB taking six of seven contests.

Former Phillies to have participated in the exhibition series include Ryan Howard, Lenny Dykstra, Dave Hollins, Curt Schilling, Randy Wolf, Jimmy Rollins, and Pat Burrell.
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BY PATRICK GORDON
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