ROME -- The Detroit Tigers will have some European guests at
spring training -- the Italian national baseball team.
Italy will play the Tigers in an exhibition game in Lakeland,
Fla., on March 4 in preparation for the World Baseball Classic, the
Italian baseball federation said Monday. The Italians will train in
the Tigers' spring training home from March 3-6.
Tigers pitcher Jason Grilli is being considered for Italy's
roster for the March 3-20 tournament.
Italy will play its opening-round games at Kissimmee, Fla. It
faces Australia on March 7, Venezuela a day later and the Dominican
Republic on March 9.