Jones added to Japan roster

Jones to join MLB All-Star team in Japan

Cubs outfielder Jacque Jones is going to Japan.

Jones, 31, was added Saturday to the roster of the Major League All-Star team, which will tour Japan from Nov. 2-8. He hit .285 with 27 home runs and 81 RBIs in his first season with the Cubs.

The trip will begin with a game Thursday between the MLB All-Stars and the Yomiuri Giants in Tokyo. The MLB team will then face the Nippon Professional Baseball All-Stars in a five-game series in Tokyo, Osaka and Fukuoka from Friday through Nov. 8.

This will not be Jones' first international competition. He won a bronze medal with the U.S. team at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.

Jones is the only Cubs player on the roster, and will join American League batting champ Joe Mauer of the Minnesota Twins, New York Mets third baseman David Wright, Philadelphia Phillies slugger Ryan Howard, Atlanta outfielder Andruw Jones, Chicago White Sox outfielder Jermaine Dye and Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Rafael Furcal.

Bruce Bochy, who was named the San Francisco Giants manager on Friday, will manage the MLB All-Stars.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.