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Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell, who will manage a team of major leaguers against Japan’s national team in November, indicated Saturday he will not take any of his own players to Japan, meaning both closer Koji Uehara and set-up man Junichi Tazawa might miss the series.

Since 1996, when Hideo Nomo returned with a team of big league All-Stars, Japanese major leaguers have been a popular addition to the postseason games, which will be played this fall for the first time since 2006. Tazawa would be an interesting choice to join the MLB squad since he has been effectively blacklisted from playing for Japan.

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