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PostSubject: Re: '09 World Baseball Classic NEWS   Tue Feb 24, 2009 9:34 pm

Cuba 25 man roster


Name Num Organization B/T Height Weight Birth Date



PITCHERS
Betancourt, Danny15
R/R5'10"
190lbs
05/27/1981
Chapman, Albertin
Sabuesos de HolguinL/L6'3"
185lbs

Garcia, Vladimir
Tigres de Ciego de AvilaR/R6'3"
225lbs
07/04/1982
Gonzalez, Norberto
Camaroneros de CienfuegosL/L6'0"
175lbs
10/10/1979
Gonzalez, Yulieski
Vaqueros de Habana ProvinceL/L5'10"
175lbs
06/20/1980
Jimenez, Ismel
Gallos de Sancti SpiritusR/R5'10"
215lbs

Lahera, Miguel
Vaqueros de Habana ProvinceR/R6'4"
205lbs
01/24/1985
Lazo, Pedro Luis
Vegueros de Pinar del RioR/R6'3"
245lbs
04/15/1973
Licea, Ciro72




Maya, Yuneski
Vegueros de Pinar del RioR/R5'11"
170lbs
08/28/1981
Pedroso, Yadier
Vaqueros de Habana ProvinceR/R6'1"
220lbs
06/09/1986
Rodriguez, Luis
Sabuesos de HolguinR/R6'0"
175lbs
05/03/1973
Ulacia, Yolexis
Naranjas de Villa ClaraR/R5'10"
205lbs

Vera, Norge
Avispas de Santiago de CubaR/R6'3"
185lbs
08/03/1971



CATCHERS
Merino, Rolando
Avispas de Santiago de CubaR/R6'2"
205lbs
02/17/1971
Peraza, Yosbany
Vegueros de Pinar del RioR/R6'0"
260lbs

Pestano, Ariel
Naranjas de Villa ClaraR/R6'0"
180lbs
01/31/1974



INFIELDERS
Enriquez, Michel
Isla de la JuventudR/R5'10"
190lbs
02/11/1979
Gourriel, Yulieski
Gallos de Sancti SpiritusR/R6'0"
175lbs
06/09/1984
Mayeta, Alexander
Leones Azules de IndustrialesL/L6'1"
215lbs
02/22/1977
Navas, Luis
Avispas de Santiago de CubaR/R6'1"
200lbs

Olivera, Hector
Avispas de Santiago de CubaR/R6'1"
165lbs
04/05/1985
Paret, Eduardo
Naranjas de Villa ClaraR/R5'9"
185lbs
10/23/1972



OUTFIELDERS
Anderson, Leslie
Alfareros de CamagueyR/R6'1"
205lbs
03/30/1982
Cepeda, Frederich
Gallos de Sancti SpiritusS/R5'10"
215lbs
04/08/1980
Cespedes, Yoennis
Alazanes de GranmaR/R5'10"
200lbs
10/18/1985
Despaigne, Alfredo
Alazanes de GranmaR/R5'12"
200lbs
06/17/1986
Martin, Leonys
Naranjas de Villa ClaraL/R6'1"
180lbs



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PostSubject: Re: '09 World Baseball Classic NEWS   Tue Feb 24, 2009 9:37 pm

Dominican Republic 25 man roster


Name Num Organization B/T Height Weight Birth Date



PITCHERS
Arredondo, Jose66Los Angeles AngelsR/R6'0"
175lbs
03/30/1984
Cruz, Juan51
R/R6'2"
145lbs
10/15/1978
Cueto, Johnny46Cincinnati RedsR/R5'10"
185lbs
02/15/1986
Jimenez, Ubaldo38Colorado RockiesR/R6'4"
200lbs
01/22/1984
Manon, Julio20
R/R6'0"
200lbs
06/10/1973
Marte, Damaso43New York YankeesL/L6'2"
215lbs
02/14/1975
Martinez, Pedro45
R/R5'11"
195lbs
10/25/1971
Pena, Tony58Arizona DiamondbacksR/R6'2"
220lbs
01/09/1982
Perez, Odalis57
L/L6'0"
225lbs
06/11/1977
Perez, Rafael53Cleveland IndiansL/L6'3"
195lbs
05/15/1982
Ramirez, Edwar35New York YankeesR/R6'3"
165lbs
03/28/1981
Veras, Jose41New York YankeesR/R6'5"
235lbs
10/20/1980
Volquez, Edinson36Cincinnati RedsR/R6'0"
200lbs
07/03/1983



CATCHERS
Castillo, Alberto33
R/R6'0"
215lbs
02/10/1970
Olivo, Miguel21Kansas City RoyalsR/R6'0"
220lbs
07/15/1978



INFIELDERS
Aybar, Willy16Tampa Bay RaysS/R5'11"
200lbs
03/09/1983
Beltre, Adrian29Seattle MarinersR/R5'11"
220lbs
04/07/1979
Cano, Robinson24New York YankeesL/R6'0"
205lbs
10/22/1982
Ortiz, David34Boston Red SoxL/L6'4"
230lbs
11/18/1975
Ramirez, Hanley2Florida MarlinsR/R6'3"
200lbs
12/23/1983
Reyes, Jose7New York MetsS/R6'1"
200lbs
06/11/1983
Rodriguez, Alex13New York YankeesR/R6'3"
225lbs
07/27/1975
Tejada, Miguel10Houston AstrosR/R5'9"
215lbs
05/25/1974



OUTFIELDERS
Alou, Moises18
R/R6'3"
230lbs
07/03/1966
Bautista, Jose23Toronto Blue JaysR/R6'0"
195lbs
10/19/1980
Cruz, Nelson15Texas RangersR/R6'3"
230lbs
07/01/1980
Guillen, Jose11Kansas City RoyalsR/R6'0"
210lbs
05/17/1976
Taveras, Willy3Cincinnati RedsR/R6'0"
160lbs
12/25/1981


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PostSubject: Re: '09 World Baseball Classic NEWS   Tue Feb 24, 2009 9:40 pm

Italy 25 man roster


Name Num Organization B/T Height Weight Birth Date



PITCHERS
Barzilla, Philip51San Diego PadresL/L6'0"
180lbs
01/25/1979
Cillo, Cody28ItalyR/R6'2"
200lbs
07/17/1980
Cooper, Chris35ItalyL/L5'11"
195lbs
10/31/1978
Corradini, Roberto40ItalyR/R6'0"
185lbs
09/23/1978
Da Silva, Tiago42ItalyR/R5'9"
180lbs
03/28/1985
DiFelice, Mark15Milwaukee BrewersR/R6'2"
190lbs
08/23/1976
DiNardo, Lenny55Kansas City RoyalsL/L6'2"
210lbs
09/19/1979
Grilli, Jason49Colorado RockiesR/R6'5"
225lbs
11/11/1976
LaMura, B.J.18
R/R6'1"
200lbs
01/01/1981
Maestri, Alex17Chicago CubsR/R5'11"
180lbs
06/01/1985
Olenberger, Kasey30
R/R6'4"
235lbs
03/18/1978
Ottavino, Adam54St. Louis CardinalsL/R6'5"
215lbs
11/22/1985
Serafini, Dan29
S/L6'1"
190lbs
01/25/1974



CATCHERS
Cervelli, Francisco64New York YankeesR/R6'1"
210lbs
03/06/1986
Rottino, Vinny10Milwaukee BrewersR/R6'1"
205lbs
04/07/1980



INFIELDERS
Catalanotto, Frank27Texas RangersL/R6'0"
205lbs
04/27/1974
Costanzo, Mike4Baltimore OriolesL/R6'3"
215lbs
09/09/1983
Dallospedale, Davide34ItalyR/R5'11"
165lbs
09/12/1977
Liddi, Alex14Seattle MarinersR/R6'4"
176lbs
08/14/1988
Mazzanti, Giuseppe47ItalyR/R6'2"
240lbs
04/05/1983
Punto, Nick8Minnesota TwinsS/R5'9"
195lbs
11/08/1977
Santora, Jack3ItalyS/R5'9"
160lbs
10/06/1976



OUTFIELDERS
Chiarini, Mario45ItalyR/R6'2"
190lbs
01/07/1981
Ciofrone, Peter20San Diego PadresL/R5'9"
205lbs
09/28/1983
Denorfia, Chris19Oakland AthleticsR/R6'0"
205lbs
07/15/1980
De Santis, Andrea9ItalyR/R6'1"
175lbs
12/25/1982
Pascucci, Valentino37Los Angeles DodgersR/R6'6"
260lbs
11/17/1978
Zileri, Leonardo2ItalyR/R5'9"
180lbs
04/03/1984


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PostSubject: Re: '09 World Baseball Classic NEWS   Tue Feb 24, 2009 9:42 pm

Japan 25 man roster


Name Num Organization B/T Height Weight Birth Date



PITCHERS
Darvish, Yu11Nippon Ham FightersR/R6'5"
185lbs
08/16/1986
Fujikawa, Kyuji22Hanshin TigersL/R6'0"
185lbs
07/21/1980
Iwakuma, Hisashi20Rakuten Golden EaglesR/R6'3"
170lbs
04/12/1981
Iwata, Minoru19Hanshin TigersL/L5'10"
185lbs
10/31/1983
Komatsu, Satoshi28Orix BuffaloesR/R5'11"
175lbs
10/29/1981
Mahara, Takahiro14Fukuoka SoftBank HawksR/R5'11"
175lbs
12/08/1981
Matsuzaka, Daisuke18Boston Red SoxR/R6'0"
185lbs
09/13/1980
Sugiuchi, Toshiya47Fukuoka SoftBank HawksL/L5'9"
185lbs
10/30/1980
Tanaka, Masahiro15Rakuten Golden EaglesR/R6'1"
190lbs
11/01/1988
Utsumi, Tetsuya26Yomiuri GiantsL/L6'1"
185lbs
04/29/1982
Wakui, Hideaki16Saitama Seibu LionsR/R6'0"
185lbs
06/21/1986
Watanabe, Shunsuke31Chiba Lotte MarinesR/R5'10"
155lbs
08/27/1976
Yamaguchi, Tetsuya39Yomiuri GiantsL/L6'0"
165lbs
11/11/1983



CATCHERS
Abe, Shinnosuke10Yomiuri GiantsL/R5'11"
200lbs
03/20/1979
Ishihara, Yoshiyuki29Hiroshima Toyo CarpR/R5'10"
180lbs
09/07/1979
Johjima, Kenji2Seattle MarinersR/R6'0"
205lbs
06/08/1976



INFIELDERS
Iwamura, Akinori8Tampa Bay RaysL/R5'9"
175lbs
02/09/1979
Kataoka, Yasuyuki7Saitama Seibu LionsR/R5'9"
180lbs
02/17/1983
Kawasaki, Munenori52Fukuoka SoftBank HawksL/R5'11"
165lbs
06/03/1981
Murata, Shuichi25Yokohama Bay StarsR/R5'10"
195lbs
12/28/1980
Nakajima, Hiroyuki6Saitama Seibu LionsR/R5'11"
185lbs
07/31/1982
Ogasawara, Michihiro9Yomiuri GiantsL/R5'10"
185lbs
10/25/1973



OUTFIELDERS
Aoki, Norichika23Tokyo Yakult SwallowsL/R5'9"
170lbs
01/05/1982
Fukudome, Kosuke1Chicago CubsL/R6'0"
185lbs
04/26/1977
Inaba, Atsunori41Nippon Ham FightersL/L6'2"
185lbs
08/03/1972
Kamei, Yoshiyuki35Yomiuri GiantsL/R5'10"
165lbs
07/28/1982
Suzuki, Ichiro51Seattle MarinersL/R5'11"
170lbs
10/22/1973
Uchikawa, Seiichi24Yokohama Bay StarsR/R6'0"
180lbs
08/04/1982


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PostSubject: Re: '09 World Baseball Classic NEWS   Tue Feb 24, 2009 9:44 pm

Korea 25 man roster


Name Num Organization B/T Height Weight Birth Date



PITCHERS
Bong, Jung51KoreaL/L6'3"
215lbs
07/15/1980
Chong, Taehyon21KoreaR/R6'1"
215lbs
11/10/1978
Hwang, Doo Sung41KoreaR/R6'2"
205lbs
11/16/1976
Jang, Wonsam13KoreaL/L5'11"
160lbs
06/09/1983
Jong, Hyun Wook19KoreaR/R6'2"
185lbs
12/02/1978
Kim, Kwang-Hyun52KoreaL/L6'2"
185lbs
07/02/1988
Lee, Jae Woo11KoreaR/R6'0"
180lbs
02/09/1980
Lee, Seung Ho20KoreaL/L5'9"
180lbs
09/09/1981
Lim, Chang Yong12Tokyo Yakult SwallowsR/R5'11"
175lbs
06/04/1976
Oh, Seung Hwan17KoreaR/R5'10"
205lbs
07/15/1982
Ryu, Hyunjin99KoreaL/L6'2"
215lbs
03/25/1987
Son, Min Han1Lotte GiantsR/R5'10"
185lbs
01/02/1975
Yoon, Suk-Min28Kia TigersR/R6'0"
180lbs
07/24/1986



CATCHERS
Kang, Min-ho47Lotte GiantsR/R6'1"
195lbs
08/18/1985
Park, Kyung Oan26KoreaR/R5'10"
195lbs
07/11/1972



INFIELDERS
Choi, Jeong2KoreaS/R5'11"
185lbs
02/28/1987
Jeong, Keun-Woo8KoreaR/R5'8"
165lbs
10/02/1982
Kim, Tae Kyun50KoreaR/R6'0"
220lbs
05/29/1982
Ko, Young Min14KoreaR/R6'0"
160lbs
02/08/1984
Lee, Bum Ho6KoreaR/R6'0"
205lbs
11/25/1981
Lee, Dae Ho10Lotte GiantsR/R6'4"
220lbs
06/21/1982
Park, Ki Hyuk16Lotte GiantsR/R5'10"
160lbs
06/04/1981



OUTFIELDERS
Choo, Shin-Soo5Cleveland IndiansL/L5'11"
200lbs
07/13/1982
Kim, Hyun-Soo31KoreaL/R6'2"
210lbs
01/02/1988
Lee, Jin Young35KoreaL/L6'1"
200lbs
06/15/1980
Lee, Jong Wook39KoreaL/L5'9"
170lbs
06/18/1980
Lee, Taek-Keun29KoreaR/R6'0"
185lbs
07/10/1980
Lee, Yong-Kyu15Kia TigersL/L5'9"
155lbs
08/26/1985


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PostSubject: Re: '09 World Baseball Classic NEWS   Tue Feb 24, 2009 9:48 pm

Mexico 25 man roster

Name Num Organization B/T Height Weight Birth Date



PITCHERS
Ayala, Luis56Minnesota TwinsR/R6'1"
200lbs
01/12/1978
Campillo, Jorge33Atlanta BravesR/R6'1"
225lbs
08/10/1978
Campos, Francisco48Piratas de CampecheR/R5'10"
185lbs
12/08/1972
Cortes, David51Diablos Rojos del MexicoR/R5'11"
225lbs
10/15/1973
Dessens, Elmer45New York MetsR/R5'11"
200lbs
01/13/1971
Diaz, Rafael91Saraperos de SaltilloR/R6'1"
170lbs
12/12/1970
Lopez, Rodrigo13
R/R6'1"
185lbs
12/14/1975
Ortega, Pablo52Tigres de Quintana RooR/R6'2"
190lbs
11/07/1976
Perez, Oliver46New York MetsL/L6'3"
215lbs
08/15/1981
Reyes, Dennys57
R/L6'3"
250lbs
04/19/1977
Rincon, Ricardo73
L/L5'10"
190lbs
04/13/1970
Rodriguez, Francisco26Los Angeles AngelsR/R6'1"
195lbs
02/26/1983
Soria, Joakim48Kansas City RoyalsR/R6'3"
185lbs
05/18/1984



CATCHERS
Barajas, Rod23Toronto Blue JaysR/R6'2"
245lbs
09/05/1975
Ojeda, Miguel35Diablos Rojos del MexicoR/R6'1"
230lbs
01/29/1975



INFIELDERS
Cantu, Jorge3Florida MarlinsR/R6'3"
200lbs
01/30/1982
Durazo, Erubiel44Sultanes de MonterreyL/L6'3"
240lbs
01/23/1975
Gonzalez, Adrian23San Diego PadresL/L6'2"
225lbs
05/08/1982
Gonzalez, Edgar V.66San Diego PadresR/R6'0"
180lbs
06/14/1978
Hairston Jr., Jerry25Cincinnati RedsR/R5'10"
185lbs
05/29/1976
Murillo, Agustin50Arizona DiamondbacksR/R6'3"
195lbs
05/05/1982
Ojeda, Augie11Arizona DiamondbacksS/R5'9"
175lbs
12/20/1974
Robles, Oscar31
L/R5'10"
185lbs
04/09/1976
Sandoval, Freddy18Los Angeles AngelsS/R6'1"
200lbs
08/16/1982
Vazquez, Jorge38New York YankeesR/R6'2"
230lbs
03/15/1982



OUTFIELDERS
Amezaga, Alfredo4Florida MarlinsS/R5'10"
180lbs
01/16/1978
Garcia, Karim10Lotte GiantsL/L6'0"
210lbs
10/29/1975
Hairston, Scott14San Diego PadresR/R6'0"
185lbs
05/25/1980


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PostSubject: Re: '09 World Baseball Classic NEWS   Tue Feb 24, 2009 9:51 pm

Netherlands 25 man roster


Name Num Organization B/T Height Weight Birth Date



PITCHERS
Bergman, David25NetherlandsR/R

08/16/1981
Boyd, Leon44NetherlandsR/R6'5"
209lbs
08/30/1983
Cordemans, Robbie19NetherlandsR/R6'3"
190lbs
10/31/1974
Markwell, Diegomar36NetherlandsL/L6'2"
190lbs
08/08/1980
Neuman, Dennis29Boston Red SoxR/R5'11"
185lbs
10/18/1989
Ponson, Sidney47
R/R6'1"
260lbs
11/02/1976
Smit, Alexander31Cincinnati RedsL/L6'3"
215lbs
10/02/1985
Stuifbergen, Tom51Minnesota TwinsR/R6'3"
200lbs
09/26/1988
Sulbaran, Juan Carlos45Cincinnati RedsR/R6'2"
198lbs
11/09/1989
VandenHurk, Rick56Florida MarlinsR/R6'5"
195lbs
05/22/1985
Van Driel, Berry3NetherlandsR/R6'4"
198lbs
12/26/1984
van Kampen, Michiel13NetherlandsR/R

01/23/1976
Walsma, Pim9NetherlandsR/R6'4"
175lbs
02/03/1987



CATCHERS
de Jong, Sidney24NetherlandsR/R

04/14/1979
Jansen, Kenley50Los Angeles DodgersS/R6'2"
220lbs
09/30/1987
Schoop, Sharlon40San Francisco GiantsR/R6'2"
190lbs
04/15/1987



INFIELDERS
Adriana, Sharnol12Rojos del Aguila de VeracruzR/R5'10"
205lbs
11/13/1970
de Caster, Yurendell2Detroit TigersR/R6'0"
215lbs
09/26/1979
Duursma, Michael5NetherlandsR/R

02/26/1978
Rooi, Vince41NetherlandsR/R6'1"
190lbs
12/13/1981
Simon, Randall35NetherlandsL/L6'0"
245lbs
05/25/1975
Smith, Curt43St. Louis CardinalsR/R5'10"
210lbs
09/09/1986
Statia, Hainley4Los Angeles AngelsS/R5'10"
160lbs
01/19/1986



OUTFIELDERS
Engelhardt, Bryan37NetherlandsL/L5'10"
165lbs
01/10/1982
Halman, Greg67Seattle MarinersR/R6'4"
190lbs
08/26/1987
Kingsale, Gene21NetherlandsS/R6'3"
190lbs
08/20/1976
Rombley, Danny27NetherlandsR/R6'1"
180lbs
11/26/1979
Van Klooster, Dirk18NetherlandsL/L6'3"
194lbs
04/23/1976

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PostSubject: Re: '09 World Baseball Classic NEWS   Tue Feb 24, 2009 9:59 pm

Panama 25 man roster


Name Num Organization B/T Height Weight Birth Date



PITCHERS
Acosta, Manny23Atlanta BravesS/R6'4"
170lbs
05/01/1981
Atencio, Abraham16
L/L

02/16/1977
Campos, Manuel12Seattle MarinersR/R6'2"
175lbs
01/12/1990
Castro, Yeliar14Atlanta BravesR/R6'3"
180lbs
12/03/1987
Chen, Bruce27
L/L6'1"
215lbs
06/19/1977
Corpas, Manuel36Colorado RockiesR/R6'3"
170lbs
12/03/1982
Cortes, Jorge25
R/R6'4"
190lbs
09/04/1972
Espino, Paolo21Cleveland IndiansR/R5'10"
190lbs
01/10/1987
Medina, Rafael15
R/R6'3"
194lbs
02/15/1975
Mendez, Gilberto81
R/R6'1"
195lbs
11/15/1974
Mendoza, Ramiro55Milwaukee BrewersR/R6'2"
195lbs
06/15/1972
Navarro, Eliecer30Pittsburgh PiratesL/L5'9"
177lbs
10/26/1987
Nieto, Arquimedes17St. Louis CardinalsR/R6'0"
175lbs
04/28/1989



CATCHERS
Espino, Damaso8Cleveland IndiansR/R6'1"
210lbs
05/08/1983
Quintero, Cesar19
R/R6'1"
200lbs
11/16/1982
Ruiz, Carlos51Philadelphia PhilliesR/R5'10"
200lbs
01/22/1979



INFIELDERS
Asprilla, Avelino35
R/R5'11"
190lbs
01/01/1981
Castillo, Javier10Chicago White SoxR/R6'2"
220lbs
08/29/1983
Chavez, Angel22Boston Red SoxR/R6'0"
205lbs
07/22/1981
De Leon, Audes26
L/R5'11"
196lbs
06/26/1979
Ramos, Kevin6Los Angeles AngelsR/R5'11"
170lbs
06/06/1986
Tejada, Ruben2New York MetsR/R5'11"
165lbs
09/01/1989
Zuleta, Julio42Chiba Lotte MarinesR/R6'5"
230lbs
03/28/1975



OUTFIELDERS
Agnoly, Earl4
R/R6'0"
210lbs
11/18/1975
Durango, Luis63San Diego PadresS/R5'9"
155lbs
04/23/1986
Lee, Carlos45Houston AstrosR/R6'2"
240lbs
06/20/1976
Rivera, Ruben28Venados de MazatlanR/R6'0"
196lbs
11/14/1973
Rodriguez, Concepcion20Atlanta BravesR/R6'2"
170lbs
09/19/1986


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Puerto Rico 25 man roster


Name Num Organization B/T Height Weight Birth Date



PITCHERS
Alvarado, Giancarlo36
R/R6'4"
210lbs
01/24/1978
Cabrera, Fernando38Boston Red SoxR/R6'4"
220lbs
11/16/1981
Feliciano, Pedro25New York MetsL/L5'10"
190lbs
08/25/1976
Figueroa, Nelson27New York MetsR/R6'1"
205lbs
05/18/1974
Gutierrez, Carlos44Minnesota TwinsR/R6'3"
205lbs
09/22/1986
Lopez, Javier48Boston Red SoxL/L6'4"
220lbs
07/11/1977
Maldonado, Ivan77
R/R6'4"
230lbs
06/07/1980
Matos, Josue31
R/R6'4"
190lbs
03/15/1978
Rivera, Saul52Washington NationalsS/R5'10"
185lbs
12/07/1977
Roman, Orlando34Toronto Blue JaysR/R6'1"
210lbs
11/28/1978
Romero, J.C.16Philadelphia PhilliesS/L5'11"
205lbs
06/04/1976
Sanchez, Jonathan53San Francisco GiantsL/L6'2"
190lbs
11/19/1982
Snell, Ian45Pittsburgh PiratesR/R5'11"
200lbs
10/30/1981
Vazquez, Javier33Atlanta BravesR/R6'2"
210lbs
07/25/1976



CATCHERS
Molina, Yadier4St. Louis CardinalsR/R5'11"
220lbs
07/13/1982
Rodriguez, Ivan7
R/R5'9"
190lbs
11/30/1971
Soto, Geovany18Chicago CubsR/R6'1"
225lbs
01/20/1983



INFIELDERS
Aviles, Mike10Kansas City RoyalsR/R5'9"
195lbs
03/13/1981
Cora, Alex13New York MetsL/R6'0"
200lbs
10/18/1975
Delgado, Carlos21New York MetsL/R6'3"
265lbs
06/25/1972
Gonzalez, Andy26Florida MarlinsR/R6'3"
205lbs
12/15/1981
Lopez, Felipe2Arizona DiamondbacksS/R6'0"
205lbs
05/12/1980
Vazquez, Ramon12Pittsburgh PiratesL/R5'11"
195lbs
08/21/1976



OUTFIELDERS
Beltran, Carlos15New York MetsS/R6'1"
205lbs
04/24/1977
Bocachica, Hiram43
R/R5'11"
195lbs
03/04/1976
Feliciano, Jesus23New York MetsL/L6'0"
174lbs
06/06/1979
Rios, Alex19Toronto Blue JaysR/R6'5"
215lbs
02/18/1981
Williams, Bernie51
S/R6'2"
205lbs
09/13/1968


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PostSubject: Re: '09 World Baseball Classic NEWS   Tue Feb 24, 2009 10:12 pm

South Africa 25 man roster


Name Num Organization B/T Height Weight Birth Date



PITCHERS
Angelucci, Alessio30San Diego PadresR/R6'2"
190lbs
07/28/1988
Armitage, Barry35
R/R6'5"
275lbs
05/11/1979
Dancer, Matthew27South AfricaR/R5'10"
165lbs
10/08/1983
Ekermans, Shannon15South AfricaL/L6'2"
180lbs
06/05/1987
Elario, Jared37South AfricaR/R5'8"
205lbs
10/14/1988
Erasmus, Justin14Boston Red SoxR/R6'0"
175lbs
01/22/1990
Hendricks, Donavon19South AfricaL/L6'0"
175lbs
03/09/1986
Jeffries, Gavin76South AfricaR/R5'10"
185lbs
11/24/1976
Lindsay, Dylan31Kansas City RoyalsR/R6'2"
185lbs
09/04/1991
Mostert, Jacobus13South AfricaR/R5'10"
165lbs
04/25/1988
Robb, Hein73Minnesota TwinsL/L6'0"
185lbs
05/12/1992
Smith, Darryn25South AfricaR/R6'1"
180lbs
08/02/1975
Verschuren, Robert3South AfricaR/R5'11"
175lbs
05/31/1984



CATCHERS
Botha, Kyle18South AfricaR/R5'8"
150lbs
08/07/1988
Weitz, Karl88South AfricaR/R6'0"
200lbs

White, Terence9South AfricaR/R5'7"
180lbs
02/12/1982



INFIELDERS
Hendricks, Zaid11South AfricaR/R5'8"
180lbs
04/04/1990
Lazarus, Justin1South AfricaR/R5'5"
170lbs
11/17/1988
Ngoepe, Gift28
S/R5'10"
165lbs
01/18/1990
Phillips, Anthony7Seattle MarinersR/R5'9"
160lbs
04/11/1990
Phillips, Jonathan2South AfricaR/R6'0"
190lbs
04/16/1986
Randall, Allan22South AfricaR/R5'7"
170lbs
08/17/1984
Ray, Gavin26South AfricaL/L5'10"
165lbs
03/01/1985
Willemburg, Brett23South AfricaS/R6'1"
190lbs
07/02/1984



OUTFIELDERS
Gordon, Martin6South AfricaS/R5'11"
180lbs

Holgate, Richard42South AfricaR/R6'1"
210lbs
03/19/1988
Rutgers, Paul20South AfricaR/R5'10"
190lbs
01/17/1984
Scott, Ashley38South AfricaR/R5'9"
205lbs
07/14/1987


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Name Num Organization B/T Height Weight Birth Date



PITCHERS
Broxton, Jonathan18Los Angeles DodgersR/R6'4"
290lbs
06/16/1984
Fuentes, Brian40Los Angeles AngelsL/L6'4"
230lbs
08/09/1975
Guthrie, Jeremy46Baltimore OriolesR/R6'1"
195lbs
04/08/1979
Howell, J.P.39Tampa Bay RaysL/L6'0"
175lbs
04/25/1983
Lilly, Ted33Chicago CubsL/L6'1"
190lbs
01/04/1976
Lindstrom, Matt29Florida MarlinsR/R6'4"
210lbs
02/11/1980
Nathan, Joe36Minnesota TwinsR/R6'4"
225lbs
11/22/1974
Oswalt, Roy44Houston AstrosR/R6'0"
185lbs
08/29/1977
Peavy, Jake22San Diego PadresR/R6'1"
195lbs
05/31/1981
Putz, J.J.23New York MetsR/R6'5"
250lbs
02/22/1977
Ryan, B.J.52Toronto Blue JaysL/L6'6"
260lbs
12/28/1975
Shields, Scot62Los Angeles AngelsR/R6'1"
180lbs
07/22/1975
Thornton, Matt37Chicago White SoxL/L6'5"
245lbs
09/15/1976
Ziegler, Brad31Oakland AthleticsR/R6'4"
205lbs
10/10/1979



CATCHERS
Iannetta, Chris26Colorado RockiesR/R6'0"
225lbs
04/08/1983
McCann, Brian16Atlanta BravesL/R6'3"
230lbs
02/20/1984



INFIELDERS
DeRosa, Mark7Cleveland IndiansR/R6'1"
205lbs
02/26/1975
Jeter, Derek2New York YankeesR/R6'3"
195lbs
06/26/1974
Jones, Chipper10Atlanta BravesS/R6'4"
210lbs
04/24/1972
Pedroia, Dustin15Boston Red SoxR/R5'9"
180lbs
08/17/1983
Rollins, Jimmy1Philadelphia PhilliesS/R5'8"
175lbs
11/27/1978
Wright, David4New York MetsR/R6'0"
208lbs
12/20/1982
Youkilis, Kevin21Boston Red SoxR/R6'1"
220lbs
03/15/1979



OUTFIELDERS
Braun, Ryan51Milwaukee BrewersR/R6'1"
200lbs
11/17/1983
Granderson, Curtis28Detroit TigersL/R6'1"
185lbs
03/16/1981
Hawpe, Brad9Colorado RockiesL/L6'3"
205lbs
06/22/1979
Sizemore, Grady24Cleveland IndiansL/L6'2"
200lbs
08/02/1982


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PostSubject: Re: '09 World Baseball Classic NEWS   Tue Feb 24, 2009 10:20 pm

Venezuela 25 man roster


Name Num Organization B/T Height Weight Birth Date



PITCHERS
Blanco, Ivan63
R/R6'1"
190lbs
09/24/1983
Butto, Francisco43
R/R6'1"
200lbs
05/11/1980
Galarraga, Armando40Detroit TigersR/R6'4"
180lbs
01/15/1982
Gonzalez, Enrique54Boston Red SoxR/R5'10"
210lbs
07/14/1982
Granado, Jan57
L/L6'0"
190lbs
09/26/1982
Hernandez, Felix59Seattle MarinersR/R6'3"
225lbs
04/08/1986
Moreno, Orber44
R/R6'3"
225lbs
04/27/1977
Moreno, Victor16
R/R6'0"
240lbs
06/10/1979
Rodriguez, Francisco75New York MetsR/R6'0"
195lbs
01/07/1982
Silva, Carlos52Seattle MarinersR/R6'4"
250lbs
04/23/1979
Vasquez, Carlos48
L/L6'3"
230lbs
12/06/1982
Zambrano, Carlos38Chicago CubsS/R6'5"
255lbs
06/01/1981
Zambrano, Victor31
S/R6'0"
205lbs
08/06/1975



CATCHERS
Blanco, Henry21San Diego PadresR/R5'11"
220lbs
08/29/1971
Hernandez, Ramon19Cincinnati RedsR/R6'0"
235lbs
05/20/1976
Ramirez, Max51Texas RangersR/R5'11"
175lbs
10/11/1984



INFIELDERS
Cabrera, Miguel24Detroit TigersR/R6'4"
240lbs
04/18/1983
Guillen, Carlos2Detroit TigersS/R6'1"
215lbs
09/30/1975
Izturis, Cesar3Baltimore OriolesS/R5'9"
190lbs
02/10/1980
Lopez, Jose4Seattle MarinersR/R6'0"
205lbs
11/24/1983
Maza, Luis7Los Angeles DodgersR/R5'9"
180lbs
06/22/1980
Mora, Melvin6Baltimore OriolesR/R5'11"
200lbs
02/02/1972
Scutaro, Marco12Toronto Blue JaysR/R5'10"
185lbs
10/30/1975



OUTFIELDERS
Abreu, Bobby53Los Angeles AngelsL/R6'0"
210lbs
03/11/1974
Blanco, Gregor11Atlanta BravesL/L5'11"
170lbs
12/12/1983
Chavez, Endy47Seattle MarinersL/L6'0"
170lbs
02/07/1978
Ordonez, Magglio30Detroit TigersR/R6'0"
215lbs
01/28/1974
Parra, Gerardo1Arizona DiamondbacksL/L5'11"
195lbs
05/06/1987


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PostSubject: Re: '09 World Baseball Classic NEWS   Tue Feb 24, 2009 10:21 pm

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PostSubject: Re: '09 World Baseball Classic NEWS   Wed Feb 25, 2009 12:01 am

If you're in MLB, do you pick your team where you have your heritage, or how does that work?
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PostSubject: Re: '09 World Baseball Classic NEWS   Wed Feb 25, 2009 12:36 am

I think it is country they were born in or main family heritage. If someone else has seen the answer, let us know.


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PostSubject: Re: '09 World Baseball Classic NEWS   Wed Feb 25, 2009 12:37 am

They still have Carlos as an infielder. I know he told the he would only play if he was guaranteed an outfield spot.


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PostSubject: Re: '09 World Baseball Classic NEWS   Fri Feb 27, 2009 5:26 pm

Granderson likely in CF for Classic

News today out of Indians camp is that Grady Sizemore has pulled out of the World Baseball Classic with a groin pull. Shane Victorino has replaced him on the Team USA roster. The move should probably mean a lot more playing time in center for Granderson in the Classic, though Victorino also plays center.

As I finish this, Granderson just made a lunging catch in right-center field to take a potential hit away from Rod Barajas and end the first inning for Armando Galarraga.

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PostSubject: Re: '09 World Baseball Classic NEWS   Mon Mar 02, 2009 6:28 pm

Monday, March 2, 2009
Tom Gage: World Baseball Classic
WBC: Good gig if you can do it

BRADENTON, Fla. -- One was leaving, the other not.

One can afford the time away, the other can't.

After hitting a home run in Sunday's 6-4 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates, with three weeks of clothes packed just in case he's gone that long, Curtis Granderson drove off to represent the United States in the World Baseball Classic.

"It was weird packing," Granderson said. "Probably brought more than I need.

"I could be back as soon as March 11, but maybe not until March 23. Plus I had to pack for two different climates, cold weather because we play in Toronto, but also for hot weather because the next stop would be Miami."

He expects to feel goose bumps when the time comes.

When the anthem plays. When he hears the cheers.

"He'll feel them, all right," said Mike Hessman, the Tigers third baseman who played for the U.S. in last year's Summer Olympics.

Win or lose, it will be a positive experience for Granderson -- as it should be. He's a premier player, an outstanding representative of the game, the kind of headliner the WBC wants and needs.

It's a match made in heaven.

Different destination

Heavens are relative, though.

For catcher Max St. Pierre, staring at the likelihood of his 13th consecutive season in the minors, heaven would be a day in the majors.

"It would be the best day of my life," he said. "It's my dream. All I want, really, is one game."

As Granderson spoke in the clubhouse about his preparations for the WBC, St. Pierre was putting on his uniform in a far corner, knowing that after the game he'd routinely return on the bus to Lakeland -- instead of reporting to Team Canada's camp in Dunedin.

His choice, though. No sympathy sought or required.

"I would have enjoyed it," said St. Pierre, a Quebec native. "But if all I was going to do is catch bullpens, I want to do that for the Tigers and maybe get in a game once in a while."

After being on Canada's preliminary roster, St. Pierre pulled out of further consideration, just as he did last year, from any chance of playing in the Olympics.

Some wondered why. Some were surprised.

But to all questions, St. Pierre has had the same, sincere answer. The pursuit of his dream wouldn't allow him to leave.

"I'm happier to be here than there," St. Pierre said.

Security

Such is the contrast, however, between realities underscored by the WBC. On the Tigers, it's no different. The choice, in its barest form, comes down to what your career permits you to do -- and what it doesn't.

For Granderson and the four Tigers (Magglio Ordonez, Miguel Cabrera, Carlos Guillen and Armando Galarraga) who worked out in Lakeland on Sunday before joining the Venezuelan team that will train in Lakeland -- the reality is that they can leave spring training without looking back.

Their jobs are secure.

St. Pierre doesn't have that luxury. More than his job, it's his future that's not secure. After 12 years in the minors, he has fewer than 400 at-bats at Triple A.

On Sunday, all he did was warm up pitchers in the bullpen.

His dream is simple, though. It's to wear the Tigers uniform.

He played in the 2006 WBC for Canada. Enjoyed it. But he'll be 29 next month, an age of decision for players who've climbed slowly.

If St. Pierre has any chance of reaching the final rung, any chance at all of making even a single appearance in the majors, this is where he has to be.

Riding the bus. Warming up pitchers, Playing when he can.

Hoping to do something, anything, for which he'll be remembered -- if and when the Tigers need to call up a catcher.

"As long as I'm wearing a jersey, even in the minors," said St. Pierre, "I have a chance."

Different worlds.

Different dreams.

Granderson with his unlimited future on one side of the clubhouse, heading off to the WBC.

St. Pierre on the other side, his career clock ticking.

But skipping the WBC because it is.

You can reach Tom Gage at tom.gage@detnews.com


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PostSubject: Re: '09 World Baseball Classic NEWS   Tue Mar 03, 2009 9:33 am

Granderson takes center stage
Tiger ready to take on world with Team USA

BY JON PAUL MOROSI • FREE PRESS SPORTS WRITER • March 3, 2009

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Three years ago, Curtis Granderson followed the World Baseball Classic from afar. He was engaged in a competition (with Nook Logan) to become the Tigers' starting centerfielder. He barely had a chance to watch Team USA on television.


He will be a little more involved this time.

When Team USA opens the tournament Saturday against Team Canada, it's very likely Granderson will be the starting centerfielder.

"I definitely like him in centerfield," manager Davey Johnson said Monday.

With Grady Sizemore unavailable due to a groin strain, Johnson has two options in center: Granderson and Shane Victorino of the Philadelphia Phillies. Before his team's first workout Monday, Johnson hinted that Victorino is more likely to see playing time in rightfield, either as a starter or defensive replacement for Adam Dunn.

Granderson has been the Tigers' primary leadoff hitter the past three seasons, but he may not hold the same role with Team USA. It's more probable that the starting shortstop (Jimmy Rollins or Derek Jeter) and second baseman Dustin Pedroia will bat 1-2 in the order.

Granderson said Monday that he'd be comfortable hitting anywhere in the order.

"I'd love to have his speed at the top of the lineup," Johnson said, "but I've got a guy named Jimmy Rollins who's pretty good in that spot."

Granderson has never played for Team USA -- in any setting -- but is well aware of what happened in the 2006 World Baseball Classic. The Americans didn't survive the second round and finished eighth.

To win the championship, Granderson said, would be "redemption, for not only the players who were here that first time, the coaching staff, but the country in general. Baseball is supposedly America's pastime. If you can't go out there and defend it, that (makes people) wonder, 'Who is the best team in the world?' "

For the record, Johnson believes Team USA should win the tournament. "I think we're the team to beat," he said Monday.

Granderson doesn't hide the fact that he admires many of his new, big-name teammates. He said previously that he's excited about playing alongside Jeter and Rollins. He grew up as a fan of Team USA third baseman Chipper Jones and the Atlanta Braves.

"I don't know if I should tell him or not," Granderson said.


Granderson has earned a high level of respect among his peers. Team USA reliever J.J. Putz, the Trenton native and former University of Michigan right-hander, talked Monday about how impressed he has been with Granderson.

"He's a talent, man," said Putz, entering his first season with the Mets. "He can do it all. He can be the new face of that franchise, without a doubt."


Team USA will play exhibitions in Florida today, Wednesday and Thursday before opening against Team Canada on Saturday. A crowd of at least 40,000 is expected at Rogers Centre in Toronto.

"I don't know if we're going to get taunted," Granderson said, "but it's fun to go into the other ballpark as the foe."

Team USA general manager Bob Watson said Monday he wanted Granderson on the team from the start of the selection process, because of his power and speed.

Watson listed another reason for Granderson's inclusion: his involvement as an international ambassador for Major League Baseball. Granderson has visited China, Switzerland, South Africa, England, Italy and the Netherlands on behalf of MLB since 2006.

"I felt, for him, it was a reward for his international work," Watson said. "He's been an ambassador for the game. And what better way to be an ambassador than to play in the World Classic?"

PITCHING CHANGE:
San Diego closer Heath Bell was added to the Team USA roster Monday. The right-hander got the word shortly before the Padres played the Milwaukee Brewers. He said he checked with manager Bud Black and pitching coach Darren Balsley to make sure it was OK with them before he accepted the assignment.

Bell said he'll replace Minnesota's Joe Nathan, who bowed out Sunday after experiencing soreness in his pitching shoulder the previous five days. Additionally, B.J. Ryan of the Toronto Blue Jays decided to stay in spring training with Toronto and tune up for the regular season. Washington's Joel Hanrahan and Houston pitcher LaTroy Hawkins were added to the team.

Associated Press contributed.

Contact JON PAUL MOROSI at 313-223-4097 or jmorosi@freepress.com. Check out his Tigers blog at www.freep.com/sports


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For those of you who cannot get MLBN, all WBC games WILL BE SHOWN ON ESPN Deportes, AND ON the internet on MLB.TV


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PostSubject: Re: '09 World Baseball Classic NEWS   Fri Mar 06, 2009 9:13 am

03/06/09 12:58 AM EST
Team USA reads Top Ten on Letterman

By Mark Newman / MLB.com

Appearing on the "Late Show with David Letterman" will not help you against Japan's pitching or Korea's fielding or Cuba's potent offense, but when 10 members of Team USA did that Thursday to read the Top Ten List for "reasons to watch the World Baseball Classic," it was another example of how much more fun this group is having than the 2006 team eliminated in the second round.

"It's weird how you can get this many guys together that like each other and have fun with each other," Adam Dunn said after homering earlier in the day to help USA beat the Phillies, 9-6, in an exhibition in Florida. He was one of those 10 who had the honor of reading the list, and here it was in case you missed it:

10. Jimmy Rollins: "Due to economic crisis, we all have to share same pair of pants."

9. Curtis Granderson: "Japan has one of them crazy robot shortstops."

8. Dustin Pedroia: "Because it's an international event, our right fielder is Secretary of State Hillary Clinton."

7. Chipper Jones: "The winning team plays Neptune in the Galactic Baseball Classic."

6. Roy Oswalt: "It's fascinating seeing how players from other countries scratch themselves."

5. Adam Dunn: "You'll be part of a cherished baseball tradition dating all the way back to 2006." (Letterman added: "Oh, the stories they can tell.")

4. Ryan Braun: "Because of the metric system, games will be 6.83 innings."

3. Kevin Youkilis: "Before each game, get to sit through 30 different national anthems."

2. David Wright: "Australia's secret weapon: a fastball-throwing kangaroo."

1. Derek Jeter: "What else are you going to watch, hockey?"

The fact that Team USA opens against Canada on its turf at 2 p.m. ET Saturday in Toronto did not seem to be taken into consideration for that No. 1 reason. Hockey is the national sport of Canada. With any luck, no one up there will take umbrage, or at least they will understand that Jeter was just reading a writer's cue card.

What made the Top 10 list so memorable was the mere joy of watching 10 members of Team USA read each line, on camera remotely from a Florida baseball field. It was just another striking example of how rivals intertwine now and how odd it is to see them in different uniform colors.

Before and after reading the list, the 10 were shown side-by-side, waving at the camera. It was typical of the looseness exhibited by Team USA lately.

"Over the past few days," Jeter told reporters in Florida, "things have started to mesh a bit and by the time we get to Toronto, things will be even closer."

At that point, Team USA will be actively involved in a World Baseball Classic that was described by Letterman in this singular manner:

"A worldwide tournament of baseball activity that precedes the Major League Baseball season, not to be confused with the Fall Classic, also known as the World Series, which is limited to (North) American league teams."

Then Letterman noted that "16 countries and territories are competing in an event which can be seen on MLB Network and ESPN. It's like we're playing Scrabble."

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Wednesday, March 04, 2009 5:15:00 PM
Rollins, Jeter provide win-win choice
Pair of All-Stars holding down shortstop for Team USA

By Chris Girandola / Special to MLB.com

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- It's a problem most managers would love to have.

In Derek Jeter and Jimmy Rollins, Team USA manager Davey Johnson has two All-Star-quality players at shortstop to choose from.

"My biggest problem is that I have two Hall of Fame shortstops and my team captain is Jeter," said Johnson, who is in his sixth year with USA Baseball. "I wouldn't necessarily consider that a problem, though."

When asked if it's a no-win or no-lose situation, the former big league player and manager paused before answering.

"Well, it's depending on your personality," Johnson said. "Whichever way I go, I'm sure I'll be successful. They don't have to audition for me, they may have to audition for you, but not for me. I don't care if they strike out five times, I'm gonna want them out there in crunch time."

But in planning for the scenario at the World Baseball Classic, Johnson almost was faced with finding a replacement for one of his high-caliber shortstops. Following Tuesday's game against the Yankees, Rollins complained of tightness in his back. A sigh of "uh-oh" went up at both camps of Team USA and the Philadelphia Phillies.

Apparently, Rollins has been experiencing discomfort in the left side of his back since he and the Phillies went on their World Series championship run last year.

"I should have gotten in the hot tub and done some training when I first got here for spring training," Rollins said before Wednesday's exhibition game against the Blue Jays. "It was jammed up for a while [over the past couple of months] and then I got it moving and it popped out. The good thing is it's moving. The bad thing is it hurts when I move it up and down."

And on Wednesday, Johnson planned to have Rollins test it out in a limited fashion against the Blue Jays with "an at-bat or two."

In managing teams, Johnson has always held the attitude of keeping the line of communication open with players, and it is no different with his current crop of stars.

"I generally don't wait until the player comes to me, I generally go to them," Johnson said. "When I'm managing, I want everyone on the ballclub to know exactly what I'm thinking, but not only what I'm thinking but knowing exactly what I'm gonna do. I'm not just speaking and then not doing it. I don't want to lose credibility and respect from them, and I think they can prepare better when they know what's expected from them. I've actually had discussions with all the position players about that prior to the first inning."

Knowing that, Rollins understood that he was to be an integral part of this team. He also knew he had accepted the invitation to play for the United States because he has a strong sense of pride for his country, and he didn't want to let this opportunity pass him by.

Following a spirited warmup session with his teammates in which the group gathered together and let out a collective "Go Team" chant, Rollins did some short and long toss with Ryan Braun, fielded grounders with Jeter and took the usual amount of hacks in the batting cage.

Then, he approached Johnson behind the cage and announced, "Put me in, skip. I'm ready to play."

Scratch Jeter, pencil in Rollins.

"The main goal is to be loose and stay loose," Rollins said.

Rollins did just that. putting in a full nine innings of work at short with five appearances at the plate in Team USA's 6-5 loss.

"I felt good," said Rollins, who went 1-for-5 with a double, a run scored and two RBIs. "[Johnson] was nervous. He said, 'Hey, let me know, you don't have to be a hero.' I was like, 'Hey, I tried to be a hero for two weeks last year, and it cost me five more.' So he knew he didn't have anything to worry about."

Rollins tried to play through a sprained ankle last season and it cost him a stint on the disabled list so he fully understands when and if he can push through physical ailments.

"I know my body more, and I'm not going to take a chance on anything, if it's not worth it," said Rollins, who anticipates playing four or five innings in Clearwater, Fla., on Thursday against the Phillies. "I wanted to play against my teammates, so it was nice to work things out today. I'm looking forward to it."

For Johnson, knowing that he still has the same "problem" of having two All-Star shortstops makes things a lot easier heading into the first round of the Classic.

"He looked great, and that's a good sign," Johnson said. "He said he was feeling better as the game went along and the back wasn't bothering him and he'll get some at-bats tomorrow with Jeter, so it's a great sign."

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Wednesday, March 04, 2009 3:43:00 PM
Team USA falls to Jays on walk-off
Putz struggles in closer role after Rollins provides late lead

By Jordan Bastian / MLB.com

BLUE JAYS 6, TEAM USA 5
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Wednesday, March 4

Team USA at the plate:
After a quiet showing through the first two innings, Mark DeRosa drew a leadoff walk in the third and moved to third base on a single from catcher Chris Iannetta. DeRosa then scored on a groundout from center fielder Curtis Granderson. Team USA took a 3-2 lead in the eighth inning, courtesy of a two-run double from Jimmy Rollins. Ryan Braun later added an RBI single.

Blue Jays at the plate: In the third inning, Blue Jays rookie Travis Snider pulled a pitch into right field for a sharp single and later scored on a groundout from Joe Inglett, knotting the score, 1-1. In the fifth, Snider added another base hit and Raul Chavez followed with a run-scoring groundout that pushed the Jays ahead, 2-1. Minor Leaguer Brian Dopirak added an RBI single in the eighth and then came through with a game-winning two-run single in the ninth.

Team USA on the mound:
Left-hander Ted Lilly logged four innings against his former club, limiting Toronto to one run on two hits with a pair of strikeouts mixed in. LaTroy Hawkins entered in relief and worked one inning, allowing one run on two hits. Reliever Scot Shields retired the only three hitters he faced in the sixth inning. Lefty J.P. Howell also logged one scoreless inning, finishing with two hits allowed and two strikeouts. J.J. Putz entered in the ninth inning and yielded three runs on three hits for the loss.

Blue Jays on the mound: Left-hander Brad Mills -- one of the club's prospects with a shot at cracking the starting rotation -- turned in three solid innings against Team USA. Mills allowed one run on one hit with one strikeout and one walk, finishing with 39 pitches (25 strikes). Matt Clement, who is also vying for a starting job, turned in three crisp innings, yielding no hits with one strikeout. Casey Janssen, making his first appearance of the spring, spun one shutout frame.

Up next for Team USA: On Thursday, the Americans shift to Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla., where they'll take on the Phillies in an exhibition at 12:05 p.m. ET. Right-hander Jeremy Guthrie will start for Team USA, with righty Kyle Kendrick taking the ball for Philadelphia.

Up next for the Blue Jays:
Following an off-day on Thursday, the Jays will host the Phillies in a 7:05 p.m. ET tilt at Dunedin Stadium. Toronto ace Roy Halladay is slated to start and relievers Brandon League, Brian Tallet, Jason Frasor, Jesse Carlson and Shawn Camp are also down to pitch.

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Thursday, March 05, 2009 5:38:00 PM
Team USA loose while forming bonds
Chipper, Jeter, Dunn emphasizing camaraderie on, off field

By Chris Girandola / Special to MLB.com

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Each day this week, Team USA has ended its pregame workouts with orchestrated jumping jacks that many of the players have considered unorthodox.

The exercises consist of extending the arms all the way up for the first repetition, halfway up on the second repetition and just slightly forward on the final repetition before continuing the next trifecta.

"It's definitely a fun one," Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins said.


The orchestrated jumping jacks have been a source of entertainment for Team USA and, in some ways, it's been another part of the bonding experience for this collection of stars and role players.

Following Wednesday's stretch and warmup before Team USA's game against the Blue Jays, outfielder Adam Dunn called out to everybody to "bring it in."

And in a spirited fashion similar to their high school days, a refreshing picture of Major League players exhibiting patriotic flavor was painted when each team member put their hands together in a circle and chanted, "Go team!"

On Thursday, they did it again, except this team with Dunn penning the phrase, "Big leaguers!" for the rah-rah session.

"[We] have to get everybody motivated," said Dunn, who smacked a towering three-run homer in Team USA's final tuneup against the Phillies on Thursday, a 9-6 win. "This is a fun game, and the personalities we have on this team is that we enjoy playing together. We're trying to play loose and play our best."

The camaraderie isn't artificial this time as Team USA manager Davey Johnson attempts to redeem the club's disappointing effort in the 2006 World Baseball Classic, starting with Saturday's opener against Canada.

"It was kind of like glitz and glamour -- but not a lot of preparation," said Johnson, who was a bench coach on the 2006 edition. "This team is built differently with a good core of players. You can tell the guys genuinely enjoy being a part of this opportunity and like being around each other. You saw it the other day with their jumping jack routine. I thought that was pretty neat."

Each player involved, including returning members Derek Jeter and Chipper Jones, has described how early preparation is one of the keys this year, but they also stressed how the chemistry aspect holds just as much import.

"It has just consisted of starting things up a little bit earlier and getting physically and mentally ready sooner," said Jones, who hit .353 with a double and two home runs in 2006. "But the last time, I had only four at-bats going into the first game and this time, I have 20. Being able to be together longer has allowed us to gel more, though. It's been nice to see the way things have gone this week."

It began on Monday, and each day has been a building block for that chemistry with Jeter, who is serving as team captain, and Jones leading the way.

Said Jeter: "Over the past few days, things have started to mesh a bit and by the time we get to Toronto, things will be even closer."

When Jeter and Jones addressed the team before Monday's workout, they stressed the importance of coming together while leaving egos at the door.

"They talked about how this team was built to win, not an All-Star team," said Orioles pitcher Jeremy Guthrie, who allowed one run on two hits against the Phillies. "It's a team that they think can win this tournament. They said to 'go out there and be who you are.' They said, 'We chose each one of you for a specific reason and you don't have to come here and try to be any different than you are on your regular team.'"

With a contingent of 14 former All-Stars, three former MVPs and three former Rookies of the Year, setting that tone has been important for the development of that bond over the past few days.

"We were talking about that today, how you can stick a group of guys in the locker room and sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't," Dunn said following Team USA's game against the Phillies in which Jones, Ryan Braun and Brian McCann added to the homer barrage. "It's weird how you can get this many guys together that like each other and have fun with each other. You can see how we're getting more comfortable with each other on the field as well."

Mets third baseman David Wright, who playfully accepted a "three-week truce" with Rollins earlier this week, echoed Dunn's sentiment.

"We're still trying to get positioning down and still trying to get to know each other strengths defensively," Wright said. "It's been a blast so far to put the same uniform on and get to know these guys away from the field. We've got big groups of us hanging out, because, when you put that same uniform on, you get in the trenches with each other, it's good to get to know each other on that personal basis. We've all become really close-knit."

Jones already can sense that his second time around will match, if not exceed, the last experience with fellow American ballplayers.

"We have guys with World Series experience and WBC experience, too," Jones said. "I've already said that I had my best baseball experience of my career in '06. It grows on you and it's a lot of fun. We have a pretty balanced group of guys this time. I'd like to have this type of bullpen. We have some great starters. And we have a good mix of personalities. We're having fun any chance we can get."

And now that the bonding is in full effect, the next stage is stepping on the field with their USA teammates.

When Rollins was asked what it will be like for the team in front of 45,000 Canadian fans, the Phillies shortstop had to recalculate: "Actually about 43. There'll be a couple Americans up there. It'll be a lot of fun, a chance to show pride in your country."

Having that pride is what has brought this team together and, for them, is what they hope can solidify a title.

"There's nothing like rounding the bases with 'USA' on your chest," Jones said. "I'm looking forward to this, and it's something that all of us we'll always cherish."

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Thursday, March 05, 2009 3:00:00 PM
Homers propel Team USA past Phils
Chipper, Braun, McCann, Dunn all go deep in final exhibition

By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com

TEAM USA 9, PHILLIES 6
at Clearwater, Fla.
Thursday, March 5

United States at the plate:
Shane Victorino, Jimmy Rollins and Dustin Pedroia each singled to start the third inning. Chipper Jones followed Pedroia, who knocked in Victorino, with a three-run homer to left field to give Team USA a 4-1 lead. Ryan Braun and Brian McCann crushed back-to-back solo shots off Phillies left-hander Antonio Bastardo in the fourth. Adam Dunn ripped a three-run homer in the fifth.

Phillies at the plate:
Marcus Giles worked a leadoff walk in the first and Eric Bruntlett followed with a double to give the Phillies a 1-0 lead. Ryan Howard clubbed a three-run homer in the fifth. Jason Donald belted a solo blast in the sixth.

United States on the mound:
Starter Jeremy Guthrie allowed two hits, one run and two walks in 2 1/3 innings. Matt Lindstrom allowed three hits and three runs in two innings.

Phillies on the mound:
Kyle Kendrick, who is fighting for the fifth spot in the rotation, retired seven of the first eight batters before finding trouble in the third. He allowed five hits and four runs in 2 2/3 innings. Bastardo allowed five runs in 2 1/3 innings.

Up next: Team USA left immediately after Thursday's game to fly to Toronto. Team USA plays Canada in the World Baseball Classic at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday at Rogers Centre.

The Phillies play the Blue Jays on Friday at 7 p.m. in Dunedin, Fla. Chan Ho Park gets the nod for the Phillies. The Phils also play the Jays in a "B" game at 2 p.m. at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla. Brett Myers starts for Philadelphia.

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Friday, March 06, 2009 9:29:00 AM
USA, Canada ready to get started
Americans to face first Classic test in Toronto on Saturday

By Alden Gonzalez / MLB.com

The general manager said he has the right mix, their skipper has proclaimed them as the team to beat, and the players insist they'll be more ready this time.

Now, it's finally time for Team USA to prove it.

The U.S., as well as the other three teams -- Italy, Venezuela and Puerto Rico -- will play at Rogers Centre in Toronto on Saturday, kicking off Pool C play in the second World Baseball Classic.

Let's just say Team USA is hoping it doesn't turn out anything like the inaugural one in 2006.

That year, the U.S. was loaded with All-Stars and future Hall of Famers, yet it dropped two straight games to Korea and Mexico and was ousted before being able to reach the semifinals.

"Basically, we just didn't play well enough," said Derek Jeter, one of four returning players for the U.S. "That's just the bottom line. Like I said, it's a short tournament. You have to play well right from the get-go. If you don't, then you're going home. I don't think you can get much more in-depth than that."

A potential early statement

If Team USA wants to prove it's a different team this year, Game 1 against Team Canada will be the perfect time to do it.

In '06, one of the biggest surprises of the Classic was Canada beating the U.S., 8-6. So if the Americans ever wanted to show they have a new-found respect for international competition and are more prepared going in, they'll get their chance early on -- with 40,000-plus Canadians rooting against them.

"I think we're going to hate it, so that's good," said Team USA relief pitcher J.P. Howell, whose squad will face Canada at 2 p.m. ET. "It's nothing new for us. We're just going to go to Toronto, it's going to be sold out -- all Canadian -- so it's going to be intense."

The Classic will be in a double-elimination format for the first two rounds this time, with the top two finishers in Pool C meeting the top two finishers in Pool D in the second round at Dolphin Stadium in Miami.

The top two from Pool A will meet the top two from Pool B at San Diego's PETCO Park, and Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles will host the semifinals and finals beginning March 21.

Rounding out the roster


Returning for Team USA will be Jeter, Chipper Jones, Scot Shields and Jake Peavy. And taking the place of legends like Ken Griffey Jr., Roger Clemens and Alex Rodriguez will be young stars like David Wright, Dustin Pedroia and Ryan Braun.

Going into Team USA's final exhibition game against the Phillies in Clearwater, Fla., on Thursday -- a 9-6 win -- manager Davey Johnson had pretty much his entire starting lineup and rotation figured out.

But there's one quandary that still has the 66-year-old skipper scratching his head.

That would be the shortstop position, where Jeter and Rollins both add marquee value. One is an offseason removed from a World Series championship, two years away from a Most Valuable Player Award and can fill a need at the leadoff spot. The other has four rings, is a nine-time All-Star and has already been proclaimed Team USA's captain by Johnson.

"I'd like to play them both every day," said Johnson, who has stated that he'll likely alternate them game by game. "But last time I checked, they don't have an extra shortstop on the field. Maybe we'll go back to softball and have them both play [shortstop].

"It's not a good problem to have. I know 28 coaches who'd like to have either one of them in there, but I don't know any coaches that would like to have both of them."

In regard to the rest of the lineup, Brian McCann will catch, David Wright will play third base -- with Chipper Jones serving as the designated hitter most of the time -- Pedroia will play second base, and Red Sox teammate Kevin Youkilis will man first base.

The outfield will consist of Braun, Curtis Granderson or Shane Victorino, and Adam Dunn, from left to right field, and the starting rotation will sport Peavy - Saturday's starter -- Roy Oswalt, Jeremy Guthrie and Ted Lilly.

General manager Bob Watson made sure this year's group wasn't just a collection of stars. He wanted his share of role players, too, so off the bench, Mark DeRosa -- who has registered more than 100 Major League games at four different positions -- will join Shane Victorino, or Granderson, and Chris Iannetta, as well as the non-starter between Jeter and Rollins.

"When putting this together this time, I wanted to take that approach to put it together not so much as we did before with an All-Star team, but to be a functional team," Watson said. "We're playing this to win. It's not an exhibition."

The bullpen situation is unclear -- but that's by design.

Johnson will have 11 relievers, most of whom are one-inning pitchers, and with a 70-pitch limit for the first round and restrictions from his hurlers' respective big league managers, Johnson is going to separate the bullpen into two groups.

No set closer has been named, no roles have been assigned, and pretty much anybody can come in at any time.

"We've got three or four options [at closer]," said pitching coach Marcel Lachemann, referring to the likes of Jonathan Broxton, Matt Lindstrom, J.J. Putz and Brad Ziegler. "We're still trying to feel it out. They're all capable. It's all a question of who's farther along."

Is the U.S. up for it?


But the biggest question is whether Team USA, as a whole, is farther along than three years ago.

While that will be decided beginning Saturday, their actions show they may be more close-knit.

Examples: On the very first day of practice, 13 players put their chairs in a circle and had a round-table discussion; energy guys like Pedroia, Youkilis and Victorino have been added, giving the clubhouse a looser vibe; and over the last couple of days, the entire team has done synchronized jumping jacks before huddling up together -- looking more like a high-school team than a last-minute collection of some of the best players in the world.

Going into the tournament, Japan is the defending champion, and Pool C looks to be the toughest bracket in the Classic.

But Team USA believes it's as good as it gets.

"The first time was almost like an All-Star Game -- some of the best players [were] together," Rollins said. "But then it was like, 'Whoa, we have to win, too.' This time, we know what's at stake, what's on the line."

And what exactly is at stake?

"Pride," he added. "Hearing that anthem."

Alden Gonzalez is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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