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Italian team to train with Tigers before Classic

1/9/2006 - MLB Detroit Tigers

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.