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D-backs to host first Team USA workout at Salt River Fields

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - The Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) announced that they will host Team USA's first workout at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick (@SaltRiverFields) on March 4 at 1:00 p.m. The workout is being held in advance of the first round of the World Baseball Classic, which will take place March 7-10 at Salt River Fields and Chase Field.

Team USA Manager Joe Torre will host a news conference at Salt River Fields on March 4 at noon on the executive patio of the D-backs' clubhouse building.

Team USA will feature several Major League players including D-backs right-hander Heath Bell and infielder Willie Bloomquist. Other popular players on the team include New York's David Wright, Milwaukee's Ryan Braun, Miami's Giancarlo Stanton, Toronto's R.A. Dickey, Baltimore's Adam Jones and Minnesota's Joe Mauer.

Torre, a nine-time All-Star, former N.L. MVP and four-time World Champion as a manager, heads an elite coaching staff that includes four-time Cy Young Award winner Greg Maddux, two-time MVP Dale Murphy, former Major League All-Stars and big league managers Willie Randolph and Larry Bowa, former big league skipper Marcel Lachemann and former All-Star Gerald Perry.

Credentials for the Team USA workout, as well as the exhibition games on March 5 (D-backs vs. Mexico) and March 6 (Rockies vs. USA) are being issued by the D-backs' and Rockies' communications department. Cactus League credentials will be acceptable for the workout and exhibition games.

To obtain credentials for the workouts or exhibition games, media must contact jmyers@dbacks.com.

Credentials for the World Baseball Classic games, March 7-10, will be distributed at Chase Field on March 4-6 to media members that have received confirmation.

In addition to hosting the Team USA workout and two exhibition games, Salt River Fields and Chase Field will host the following games:

Thursday, March 7        1:00 p.m.           Italy vs. Mexico             Salt River Fields

Friday, March 8             12:30 p.m.         Canada vs. Italy             Salt River Fields

Friday, March 8             7:00 p.m.           Mexico at USA              Chase Field

Saturday, March 9          12:30 p.m.         Canada at Mexico          Chase Field

Saturday, March 9          7:00 p.m.           USA at Italy                   Chase Field

Sunday, March 10          1:00 p.m.           USA at Canada              Chase Field

Tickets for those games are available at worldbaseballclassic.com. Tickets for the exhibition games can be purchased at dbacks.com or rockies.com, by calling 888.490.0383 or at the box office at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.

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