The All-Star Series continued again after an eight-year break. The new NPB Commissioner announced the national team would compete, instead of an NPB All-Star line-up, for the 2014 series. The MLB All-Star team is equal to a World Cup All-Star team, and the NPB Commissioner saw in this championship a big opportunity for the Japanese team to gain hugely useful experience for the 2017 World Baseball Classic. Japan were clearly the underdog, but unexpectedly won the series by 3 games to 2. A combined no-hitter shut out the MLB All-Stars 4-0 in Game 3.