New York Yankees: World Baseball Classic

Seven Yankees to WBC

February, 21, 2013
2/21/13
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In addition to Mark Teixeira (USA) and Robinson Cano (Dominican Republic), five more Yankees will be leaving camp to play in the World Baseball Classic: infielders Gil Velasquez and Walter Ibarra, who will play for Mexico, outfielder Melky Mesa and pitcher Juan Cedeno, both of whom will play for the Dominican Republic, and two-handed pitcher Pat Venditte, who will play for Ambidextria. I mean Italy.

Joe Girardi said that Teixeira would play in five of the first eight preseason games and Cano would play in six of the eight before leaving the club on March 3. Mesa will start in center field in the spring opener on Saturday in Kissimmee, and Girardi said he would try to get Velasquez some game at-bats before he leaves.

Torre to manage again ...

June, 14, 2012
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.... Not the Yankees, but Joe Torre will be the U.S. manager in next spring's World Baseball Classic so perhaps he will lobby for his old shortstop to join him. I'm pretty sure the Yankees wouldn't want Derek Jeter to add more intense games to his schedule. During Jeter's recent struggles, he has looked a bit tired.

Anyway, here is what Torre had to say about the opportunity.

"I am honored to be selected to lead Team USA in 2013 World Baseball Classic," Torre said. "I have been fortunate to have many different experiences throughout my career but being a part of Tam USA will be a first and I am very excited about it. I look forward to the challenge of representing the United States when this tournament celebrates the global growth of our national pastime next year."

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Jacoby Ellsbury
BA HR RBI R
.271 16 70 71
OTHER LEADERS
HRB. McCann 23
RBIB. McCann 75
RB. Gardner 87
OPSB. Gardner .749
WM. Tanaka 13
ERAH. Kuroda 3.71
SOH. Kuroda 146