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Jimmy Rollins to Play for Team U.S.A. in World Baseball Classic

Jan 17, 2013, 12:22 PM EDT

Jimmy Rollins will get to team up with his former partner in crime Shane Victorino on the United States squad in the World Baseball Classic taking place in March. The provisional roster was announced for the U.S. today and its got Cy Younger winners and former MVPs.

Around the diamond, the U.S. will have a starting eight of Yankees first
baseman Mark Teixeira, Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips, Rollins,
Wright, Twins catcher Joe Mauer, Braun, Orioles center fielder Adam
Jones and Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton.

You can check out the full roster here.

The team will get together on March 1st in Arizona and start play on the 8th. If they make it to the championship game, that is scheduled to take place on March 19 at San Francisco’s AT&T Park.

What do you think? Do playing in these tournament games that mean something prepare a guy more for the start of the MLB season or is it just a tad too intense for an old Young James?