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Rays block Kazmir from WBC

Updated: February 17, 2009, 8:55 PM ET
Associated Press

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Scott Kazmir will not pitch for the United States in next month's World Baseball Classic because the Tampa Bay Rays were concerned about the risk of injury to the All-Star left-hander.

The AL champions petitioned to have Kazmir removed from Team USA because the 25-year-old missed the opening month of last season with an elbow strain suffered during spring training and then pitched through October because of the playoffs and World Series.

"With health ...

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