Jones honored with selection, but O's are priority

Jones honored with selection, but O's are priority

CHICAGO -- Orioles center fielder Adam Jones isn't sure if he will play on the team of MLB players heading to Japan for a five-game exhibition series in November, but he said Friday that he's honored to have been selected.

"It'll be a good event," said Jones of the five-game series, which will feature a group of Major Leaguers vs. the Japanese national team. "First and foremost, I have to honor my commitments here. It depends on how everything goes here. Obviously, we want to play deep into October. The more and more we play, the happier I'll be here. It'll be a good experience if everything goes well and I'm able to go out there. My focus is on the Orioles, first and foremost."

Jones, an avid offseason traveler, hasn't been to Asia yet and said that won't necessarily factor into his decision.

"It's more representing MLB over there," he said. "If they went anywhere else, I would want to go. The fact that they're going there, it's just a formality."

Along with Jones, Robinson Cano, Yaisel Puig and Albert Pujols have also been selected, with Rangers skipper Ron Washington set to manage.

Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.