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Eric Hosmer added to Team USA

Updated: March 6, 2013, 4:43 PM ET
Associated Press

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer has been called upon to replace injured New York Yankees slugger Mark Teixeira on the United States team for the World Baseball Classic.

Hosmer received a text message late Tuesday from Tony Clark of the players' union, asking if he'd be interested in a spot on the roster. After getting a call from U.S. manager Joe Torre and receiving the blessing of the Royals, Hosmer quickly agreed to join the Americans.

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