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The Royals are big in Japan

Let's check in on Salvy, Esky, JGuts and Kratz in the Far East.

Chris McGrath

There is no rest for the weary. With their Major League Baseball season ending just a few weeks ago in the World Series, four Kansas City Royals have headed across the ocean to Japan to play with "MLB All-Stars" in their annual tour of Japan. Four Royals have headed over to the Land of the Rising Sun - Jeremy Guthrie, Alcides Escobar, Salvador Perez, and Erik Kratz.

Guthrie is an interesting guy to head over, as he is of Japanese descent from his mother's side. He seems to reveling in returning to the place of his ancestry.

Others are perhaps not so excited.


Royals backup catcher Erik Kratz is well rested, having not appeared in a game since September 28, and having appeared in just three games since the end of August.

Guthrie enjoyed the Japanese culinary delicacies.

I want to see #octopusballs trending in Kansas City.

Ah, that's still a glorious thing to read. "AL CHAMPIONS."

Alright, time to play some ball.

Salvy goes yard in an 8-7 win in the opener against a squad combined of the Yomiuri Giants and Hanshin Tigers. Escobar added two hits and Erik Kratz made an appearance at first base and singled in his only appearance.

A home run means Salvy gets to go out for ice cream.

Jeremy Guthrie got in the next game, a 2-0 loss to Kenta Maeda, who is expected to be the top Japanese free agent in the United States this off-season.

Alcides Escobar still looks solid with the glove.

In all, it looks like a good time over in Japan.

Oh dear God, what is that?

Why did we bring the Astros mascot to Japan????? KILL IT WITH FIRE.

You can watch the games live on MLB Network or on MLB.TV. Here is the remaining schedule.

Friday, Nov. 14: Game 2 at Tokyo Dome (4 a.m.)

Saturday, Nov. 15: Game 3 at Tokyo Dome (4 a.m.)

Sunday, Nov. 16: Game 4 at Tokyo Dome (4 a.m.)

Tuesday, Nov. 18: Game 5 at Sapporo Dome, Sapporo (5 a.m.)

Thursday, Nov. 20: Exhibition vs. Team Japan, Okinawa (4 a.m.)

MLB Network also will re-air a telecast at 9 p.m. ET on all games.