TOKYO (AP) — All-Star catcher Yadier Molina hopes to throw out some speedy runners. Don Mattingly looks forward to seeing Japan’s national team.Mattingly and Molina are in Japan as part of a Major League Baseball All-Star tour that features six games against Japan.The series begins on Friday with three games on consecutive nights at Tokyo Dome followed by one game in Hiroshima on Nov. 13 and two games in Nagoya on Nov. 14 and 15.Mattingly was a coach with the New York Yankees when Hideki Matsui played there , and got to know Ichiro Suzuki with the Miami Marlins.But this will be his first experience managing against a Japanese team.“I’ve been able to work with Hideki in New York and had Ichiro in Miami,” Mattingly said Wednesday. “The culture and the love for baseball is something that is fun to watch, the work ethic of the Japanese players and the fundamentals seem so solid.”In addition to St. Louis Cardinals’ catcher Molina, the MLB squad includes three other 2018 All-Stars; Seattle Mariners outfielder Mitch Haniger Brad Hand Jersey , Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto, and infielder Eugenio Suarez of the Cincinnati Reds.Molina, who won a ninth Gold Glove award this season, is one of three catchers on the tour along with Realmuto and Robinson Chirinos of the Texas Rangers.The two leading contenders for 2018 National League Rookie of the Year are also part of the tour— Juan Soto of the Washington Nationals and Ronald Acuna Jr. , of the Atlanta Braves.MLB will return to Japan next spring with a two-game opening series between the Oakland Athletics and Seattle Mariners at Tokyo Dome, marking the fifth time MLB has opened a season in Tokyo and first since 2012, when the A’s and Mariners also played.Mattingly was previously in Japan in 2004 when the Yankees opened the season against Tampa Bay in Tokyo.Matsui, who started his professional career at Tokyo Dome with the Yomiuri Giants Tyson Ross Jersey , will serve as a first base coach for the MLB All-Stars.“It’s great to be back in Japan with this Yankees uniform on,” Matsui said. “I’ve never been a first base coach before so I’m a bit anxious. I’ll try not to hurt the team.”Pitchers will not be allowed to throw more than 80 pitches per game. If a pitcher throws more than 50 pitches, he must have four days of rest before being able to throw in another game. PITTSBURGH (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals claimed right-hander Tyson Ross off waivers from the San Diego Padres on Sunday.The 31-year-old Ross is 6-9 with a 4.45 ERA in 22 starts this season. He will join the team during its upcoming series in Miami.The last-place Padres could have pulled Ross back from waivers when the Cardinals claimed him, or worked out a trade. But they opted to let him go to St. Louis Allen Craig Jersey , saving his salary for the remainder of the season.“It’s good to see him have the opportunity to pitch in meaningful August and September baseball games,” San Diego manager Andy Green said. “I think the world of him.”The Padres also lost right-hander Jordan Lyles on a waiver claim by Milwaukee.“When you’ve invested into guys, you believe in guys,” Green said before San Diego’s series finale against the Chicago Cubs. “It’s tough watching them walking out that door and go to other places. But both of them are going to good opportunities.”Ross broke into the majors in 2010 with Oakland. He had his best season with San Diego in 2014 , making the All-Star team and going 13-14 with a 2.81 ERA in 31 starts.

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