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BOSTON -- Robinson Cano said that when he was asked to play in a five-game All-Star Series against Japan's national team this coming November, he didn't need to think twice.

"I had a great experience in 2011 when I went to Taiwan," the Mariners second baseman said Friday. "Those are great experiences that as a player you want to have. I have the chance to be able to end my career here in the United States and hopefully nothing happens, but those are things I want to do because I had a lot of fun with a bunch of great guys."

Cano is one of four Major League stars who have already committed to the Japanese tour, which will also include a pair of exhibition games. He's been joined so far by Adam Jones, Albert Pujols and Yasiel Puig on a team to be managed by Rangers skipper Ron Washington.

The games will be played from Nov. 11-20 in four different cities in Japan. Cano isn't worried at all about interrupting his offseason.

"I love baseball," said Cano, whose dad had a brief Major League career as a pitcher and continues to work with him every offseason in the Dominican Republic. "You guys don't even know. I go home and all I do is watch baseball. My mom used to play softball, my aunts played softball. My grandpa played baseball, uncles, cousins. It runs in the family."

Cano said he normally takes a few weeks off after the season and then starts playing again anyway.

"It'll be in November and we don't know how far we'll go," he said. "But I want to be there. Even if I wasn't going to go play, I was going to go there on vacation. It's a beautiful country."

Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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