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Dominican team wanted him to play 1B

Updated: February 25, 2009, 3:42 PM ET
Associated Press

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Miguel Tejada will not play for the Dominican Republic in next month's World Baseball Classic.

Tejada and Houston Astros manager Cecil Cooper said the Dominican team's request that the shortstop play first base during the tournament was a major factor in the decision.

"They've never seen me play first base," Tejada said. "I prefer to be sitting the bench and wait for a chance to play short or another position, but not first base."

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