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Ben Platt/MLB.com

By Jon Weisman

Yasiel Puig had the first RBI of the game with this single to right field in what ultimately became an 8-7 exhibition victory in Japan for the MLB team over a team made up players from the Hanshin Tigers and Yomiuri Giants.

Puig’s Dodger teammate Drew Butera had a key play after an 8-1 MLB lead had been cut to a single run. Butera picked off the tying run at second base in the bottom of the eighth inning.

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Puig went 1 for 4 in the game, while Butera, who entered in the seventh inning, struck out in his only plate appearance.

The big blow for the Major Leaguers was a fifth-inning Evan Longoria grand slam. Former Dodger Chris Capuano started and pitched four shutout innings.

The Japan All-Star Series officially begins at 1 a.m. Pacific Wednesday when the MLB All-Stars play Samurai Japan (the Japanese national team) at the Kyocera Dome in Osaka. The game will air live on MLB Network and MLB.TV  and be re-aired at 6 p.m. on MLB Network.