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Andy Pettitte and Mark Teixeira will be taking the field for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic, as confirmed by MLB.com last night.
The tournament will reunite Pettitte with former manager Joe Torre, who has signed on to fill out the lineup cards for the United States entry. The 40-year-old Pettitte will be tuning up after a truncated season in which he went 5-4 with a 2.87 ERA in 12 starts.
Meanwhile, the Classic schedule means that Teixeira will be getting into game mode a little bit earlier. Given his history of slow regular season starts, perhaps this is a new way of trying to avoid those April struggles.
Robinson Cano (Dominican Republic) and Francisco Cervelli (Italy) have also been rumored to be participating in the Classic, with full rosters slated to be announced on Thursday on MLB Network.
In case you’re wondering, the Yankees did not have to approve participation for their players. Teams do not have the ability to stop players from taking part in the Classic unless there is a pre-existing injury.
Here is the list of players from the Yankees organization on WBC provisional rosters, as released tonight by Major League Baseball. There are 13 in all:
United States: Derek Jeter
Dominican Republic: Alex Rodriguez, Melky Cabrera, Robinson Cano, Damaso Marte, Edwar Ramirez, Jose Veras
Mexico: Alfredo Aceves, Jorge Vazquez
Italy: Francisco Cervelli
Panama: Jahdiel Santamaria
China: Kai Liu, Zhenwang Zhang
Provisional 45-man rosters for each of the 16 teams participating in
the World Baseball Classic are set to be announced at 6 p.m. ET, and here’s one safe bet for you — Derek Jeter will be on the United States squad, especially after traveling to Las Vegas during the Winter Meetings to talk about the WBC and sidling up to manager Davey Johnson.
You’ll remember that Alex Rodriguez is set to play for the Dominican Republic. But will he have company and familiar faces? As for the rest of the rosters, you’ll be able to find out by watching the MLB Network tonight. The provisional rosters were due on Friday night, and the final rosters of up to 28 players must be filed by Feb. 24.
Remember, the Yankees play a pair of exhibitions in Spring Training against WBC clubs at George M. Steinbrenner Field. That means that Jeter will have to dress in the unfamiliar third base clubhouse for the March 3 game against the Yankees. Can’t wait to see Jeter’s reaction to that, but I can already hear his comments in my head. Something tells me he’ll play it cool.
Jorge Posada spoke with the Primera Hora newspaper in Puerto Rico, telling them in Spanish that it is his “dream” and would be an “honor” to wear that uniform for the World Baseball Classic. You can read the complete article in Spanish here.
With translation, here’s what Jorge had to say:
“This will be my last chance to play for Puerto Rico and I’m very clear on that. For that reason, I’ll do anything possible to be 100 percent, because it is a dream of mine to wear that uniform.”
Posada did not play in the 2006 WBC and does not seem to believe that he will be around for the 2012 WBC — his four-year, $52.4 million contract runs through 2011.
He says in the interview that he will do his best to be 100 percent, and estimates that he is at about 75 percent right now. Posada is working out in Tampa, Fla. and says he has had no problems hitting or throwing.