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MLB roundup: Nats' Detwiler in WBC, Indians' Gomes out

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It may be spring training, but players have this spring's World Baseball Classic on their minds.

Washington Nationals left-hander Ross Detwiler will join Team USA for the WBC, joining teammate Gio Gonzalez on the American roster, the team announced Tuesday.

Detwiler, 26, won 10 games for Washington last season and posted a 3.40 ERA. He's projected as the Nationals' No. 4 or 5 starter.

Gonzalez won't join Team USA unless it advances to the second round of pool play in Miami. Nationals manager Davey Johnson wants Gonzalez to make three spring training starts with Washington before pitching in the WBC.

Meanwhile, Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona said Yan Gomes isn't planning to play with Team Brazil in the Classic. Gomes, 25, acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays over the winter, wants to focus on making the Opening Day roster.

--Philadelphia Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee suggested Cole Hamels or Cliff Lee would start Opening Day, ending Roy Halladay's stretch of 10 straight openers.

The streak could end because the Phillies prefer to split Hamels and Lee, who are both left-handed, in the rotation.

Halladay has started the season's first game since 2003, beginning in 2003 with the Toronto Blue Jays. He won a career-best 22 games that season, and posted a 3.25 ERA.

--Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Brandon McCarthy threw live batting for the first time since being struck in the head by a line drive last season.

McCarthy threw from behind a protective screen. While pitching for the Oakland A's on Sept. 5, he sustained a fractured skull and a contusion to his brain when he took a liner off the bat of the Los Angeles Angels' Erick Aybar.

--Chicago Cubs right-hander Matt Garza will miss a week with a right lat strain, though his MRI gave the team no reason to worry.

Calling the injury a mild strain, the team plans to let Garza rest until he is pain-free. While the MRI showed no significant tears, Garza is questionable as a candidate to start Opening Day, though Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said the club is "optimistic and positive."

--Oakland pitcher Bartolo Colon apologized for the steroid use that caused him to be suspended 50 games by Major League Baseball last season.

"The only thing I can say about last year is I apologize to everyone, even the fans, the team, the front office about what happened," he told the media through interpreter Ariel Prieto.

It was the first time Colon discussed the suspension, which will continue for the first five games of this season.

--Atlanta Braves great Chipper Jones will have his No. 10 retired by the team, giving fans another opportunity to celebrate his career.

The recently retired third baseman will be inducted into the Braves Hall of Fame during a ceremony on June 28, when the Braves host the Diamondbacks. He will become the 10th player to have his Braves jersey number retired.
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