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US squad missing star pitchers

NEW YORK – Toronto’s R.A. Dickey heads a starting pitching staff missing David Price, Justin Verlander, Jered Weaver, Clayton Kershaw and Matt Cain on the preliminary U.S. roster for the World Baseball Classic.

Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun, Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton, the Yankees’ Mark Teixeira and the Mets’ David Wright are among 27 players on the roster announced Thursday.

Final 28-man rosters are due Feb. 20 and must include at least 13 pitchers and two catchers. The U.S. opens against Mexico on March 8.

– Associated Press

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