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Daniel Norris officially is headed to Japan.

The Detroit Tigers left-hander was named Monday to the major-league roster for the Japan All-Star Series next month with Nippon Professional Baseball.

The series is seven games, including one exhibition, across Japan from Nov. 8-15.

Norris discussed in September his offseason plans, which also includes making two or three starts for Aguilas Cibaenas in the Dominican Winter League.

“I am really excited,” Norris said in September. “I just need to get some more innings before next year. This works out perfectly.”

Norris, 25, was 0-5 with a 5.68 ERA and 1.47 WHIP in 11 games (eight starts) for the Tigers this season, which was interrupted by groin surgery, which cost him about four months. He struck out 51 in 44.1 innings, but also allowed eight home runs.

Norris is one of 15 pitchers on the MLB roster, which also includes 2018 All-Stars in Seattle Mariners outfielder Mitch Haniger, Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto, St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina and Cincinnati Reds third baseman Eugenio Suarez, a former Tiger.

Blossoming young MLB stars Ronald Acuna Jr. (Atlanta Braves) and Juan Soto (Washington Nationals) also are on the roster, which MLB notes is subject to change.

 

 

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