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Verlander might replace Pettitte on Team USA

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Andy Pettitte is out, but Justin Verlander might be in.

Pettitte bowed out of the World Baseball Classic leaving an open spot on the U.S. squad that is in need of another starting pitcher. And according to, Verlander "would love to be on the team."

Verlander is expected to make a decision by Feb. 20. The final decision is based on how Verlander progresses during the early portion of spring training. The decision will be Verlander's and not the Tigers.

If he does join the U.S. team, Verlander would join a rotation that includes R.A. Dickey, Derek Holland and Ryan Volgelsong.

Jake Peavy is also believed to be a candidate to join the team.

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