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Spring training to start six days early due to World Baseball Classic

Updated: September 23, 2008, 6:44 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Spring training is expanding by nearly a week next year because of the World Baseball Classic.

Players will start reporting to training camps on Feb. 14, under an agreement between the players' association and the commissioner's office. Exhibition games will start about Feb. 25.

"If spring training were shorter it would be great. Obviously everybody would like it to be a little shorter," Toronto outfielder Vernon Wells said. "It's just kind of like Groundhog Day. It's the ...

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