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Joey Votto decides to play in WBC

Updated: March 5, 2013, 12:20 PM ET
Associated Press

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Reds first baseman Joey Votto will go ahead and play for Canada in the World Baseball Classic, pleased with the way his knee has handled the first two weeks of spring training.

Votto got the last spot on Canada's team, but wanted to see how his left knee felt before making a commitment. He had surgery to repair torn cartilage last season, missed 48 games and wasn't at full strength when he returned for the end of last season.

So far, his knee has felt fine. ...

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