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A-Rod on Classic: 'I felt I needed to be there'

Updated: January 20, 2006, 9:43 AM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Alex Rodriguez changed his mind and decided to play in the World Baseball Classic for the United States because of his status in the sport, The New York Times reported Friday.

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"At the end of the day, I realized how important it was for me to play because of the position that I have in the game," the New York Yankees third baseman told the newspaper. "When I looked at that, I felt I needed to be there."

After initially saying he would play for ...

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