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Red Sox owner: Manny not playing in WBC

Updated: February 23, 2006, 7:59 PM ET
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While Manny Ramirez will be showing up late on March 1 for the Boston Red Sox, he won't be showing up at all for the World Baseball Classic.

"You know, from our perspective, we'd love to ... you know, we want to support the Baseball Classic but it's actually a plus for us that he's coming here March 1st and not playing there," owner John Henry told ESPN 890 in Boston on Thursday.

Henry added that the team did not ask Ramirez to pull out of the event, The Boston Globe reported.

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