The Seattle Mariners set their 30-man travel roster for the team's trip to Japan to open the regular season.
Ichiro Suzuki and possibly Hideki Matsui will begin the 2012 season playing before their countrymen.
Japan began the defense of its title with a 4-0 win over China in Thursday's opening game of the World Baseball Classic.
Running away with the AL East this year, the Boston Red Sox may open next season in the Far East.
The New York Yankees would play the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in Tokyo on March 30-31 if they decide to go ahead with a season-opening trip to Japan.
Worried about a possible war in Iraq, baseball on Tuesday considered canceling the season-opening series in Japan between the Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics.
They probably will be called "Los Expos" along with "Les Expos" next season.