Adrian Beltre among handful of Rangers confirmed for World Baseball Classic – Dallas News

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The Rangers’ Adrian Beltre is among the top players confirmed to play in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

Beltre, who turns 38 in April, will play for the defending champion Dominican Republic. He batted .300 with 32 homers and 104 RBIs for Texas last season.

Major League Baseball announced the initial list of 30 players set for the tournament, which takes place in March. Among them are 24 All-Stars. Each team must submit its final roster by Feb. 6.

NL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer and previous MVPs Buster Posey and Andrew McCutchen are among the top players confirmed to play for the United States. Rangers catcher Jonathan Lucroy is also expected to play on the U.S. team. Joining them are right-handed pitcher Chris Archer, third baseman Nolan Arenado and outfielder Adam Jones.

Manny Machado, Robinson Cano, Nelson Cruz and Dellin Betances will join Beltre on the Dominican team….

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