Stanton part of Marlins tour visiting US troops

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MIAMI (AP) -- Slugger Mike Stanton will be part of a Miami Marlins tour visiting U.S. troops in Japan, Guam and Hawaii from Dec. 1 to 15.

The tour organized by Armed Forces Entertainment will mark the Marlins' fourth visit to U.S. military personnel stationed overseas. In 2010 the Marlins became the first major league team to take players to visit troops.

Also representing the Marlins will be catcher Brett Hayes, outfielder Bryan Petersen, mascot Billy the Marlin and the team's cheerleaders, the Mermaids. The group will take part in baseball and dance clinics, an adult softball game and visits to Pearl Harbor and Hiroshima.