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Infante officially joins Venezuela for Classic


LAKELAND, Fla. -- Omar Infante's participation in the World Baseball Classic is now official, three weeks after it was expected he would join Venezuela's roster. Infante and manager Jim Leyland both confirmed he has been added to the squad.

"It's exciting," Infante said. "This team is unbelievable."

Infante said he hasn't been told what his role will be, but he expects to serve as a utility player -- a role filled with skill for the Atlanta Braves before spending the past two seasons as the everyday second baseman in Miami and Detroit.

Infante is the fourth Tigers player on a World Baseball Classic roster. Miguel Cabrera and Anibal Sanchez will be his teammates with Venezuela, while Octavio Dotel is listed on the provisional roster for the Dominican Republic.

"We actually came out of it pretty good," Leyland said.

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