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Orioles' Manny Machado to represent Dominican Republic in 2017 World Baseball Classic

Orioles' Manny Machado to represent Dominican Republic in 2017 World Baseball Classic

It is still nearly 10 months until next year’s World Baseball Classic begins, but Orioles third baseman Manny Machado is already committing to participate in the event and plans to play for the Dominican Republic.

Even though Machado — who is off to the best start of his major league career after enjoying his best offensive season last year — was born and raised in Miami, he holds his Dominican heritage close to him. Machado’s parents and grandparents hail from the Dominican. Machado said on Wednesday that he wanted to play for the Dominican Republic so he can represent his family.

“I grew up here, I was born here,” Machado said....

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