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MVP Pujols won't play vs. Dominicana

Updated: March 3, 2009, 9:01 AM ET
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National League MVP Albert Pujols, a native Dominican who pulled out of the World Baseball Classic last month due to insurance issues, won't play in the St. Louis Cardinals' exhibition game Thursday against Team Dominicana at spring training in Florida.

"It's all about respect. I don't want to play against them," Pujols said Sunday in Jupiter, Fla., according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "I don't feel comfortable with it, and that's it."

Pujols, who hit .357 with 37 homers ...

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