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Garciaparra latest big-leaguer to opt out of Classic

Updated: February 3, 2006, 9:15 PM ET
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- Nomar Garciaparra decided not to play for Mexico in the World Baseball Classic next month, pulling out of the international tournament to concentrate on switching positions with his new team.

The 32-year-old Garciaparra, who signed a free-agent contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers in December, issued a statement through the team on Friday.

"While I am honored to have been asked to participate, at this point, I believe it is really important for me ...

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