St. Louis Cardinals reliever Randy Choate to play in Japan All-Star Series


St. Louis Cardinals reliever Randy Choate has been picked to play in the Japan All-Star Series.

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The left-handed pitcher is the only Cardinals representative on the roster. Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell will manage the MLB players.

Due to the World Baseball Classic, the series hasn’t been played in a while but it’s a series that dates back to 1986. Aside from one exhibition game, the Major League ballplayers will take on Samurai Japan–better known as the Japanese national team.

All games will air live on the MLB Network and rebroadcast later that night in primetime.

The schedule is as follows:
• Tuesday: Exhibition game vs. Hanshin Tigers/Yomiuri Giants at Koshien Stadium, Osaka (4 a.m. ET)
• Wednesday: Game No. 1 at Kyocera Dome, Osaka (4 a.m. ET)
• Friday, Nov. 14: Game No. 2 at Tokyo Dome, Tokyo (4 a.m. ET)
• Saturday, Nov. 15: Game No. 3 at Tokyo Dome, Tokyo (4 a.m. ET)
• Sunday, Nov. 16: Game No. 4 at Tokyo Dome, Tokyo (4 a.m. ET)
• Tuesday, Nov. 18: Game No. 5 at Sapporo Dome, Sapporo (5 a.m. ET)
• Thursday, Nov. 20: Exhibition game vs. Samurai Japan, Okinawa Cellular Stadium, Okinawa (4 a.m. ET)

Choate appeared in 61 games last season, allowing 18 runs on 27 hits in 36 innings. The left-handed reliever limited left-handed hitters to a .093 batting average. With one year left on a 3-year deal valued at $7.5 million, the reliever could be traded during the offseason.