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Cubs' Javier Baez to play for Puerto Rico in World Baseball Classic

Cubs' Javier Baez to play for Puerto Rico in World Baseball Classic

Chicago Cubs infielder Javier Baez will miss a portion of spring training, but his excuse is legitimate.

Baez will play for Team Puerto Rico in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, a source confirmed Tuesday.

Baez, who turns 24 on Thursday, was born in Puerto Rico before moving to Florida as a 12-year-old. He's expected to play with longtime friend and Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor, and St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina.

Puerto Rico will play in Pool D against the likes of Venezuela, Italy and host Mexico. Pool D play will be held March 9-13 at Jalisco. 

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