Harper, Morneau and Altuve added to Japan Tour roster

New York, NY ( - Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper and batting champions Justin Morneau of the Colorado Rockies and Jose Altuve of the Houston Astros were announced as additions to the roster for baseball's tour of Japan this November.

The trio will be part of a squad that already includes Seattle's Robinson Cano, Baltimore's Adam Jones, the Angels' Albert Pujols and the Dodgers' Yasiel Puig.

Boston's John Farrell will be the manager for the team, replacing Ron Washington, who had initially been selected as the skipper in August before resigning as manager of the Texas Rangers in September.

The MLB team will play a five-game series against a squad of Japanese League All-Stars.

It will mark the 11th All-Star series and the 36th time overall that a team of Major League Baseball players will tour Japan for games. The current five-game format was adopted in 2006, the last time a group of MLB stars squared off against a team of Japan All-Stars. The MLB team went 5-0 eight years ago.

The opening game will take place in Osaka on Nov. 12 before heading to Tokyo for three games on the weekend of Nov. 14-16. The final game of the series will be in Sapporo on Nov. 18.

Two exhibition games will bookend the series -- the first on Nov. 11 and the last on Nov. 20.