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Venezuela's Classic exit means Tigers return


LAKELAND, Fla. -- Venezuela's quick exit from the World Baseball Classic was described by one publication in the country as "the worst of all nightmares." For the Tigers, it marks a return to normalcy.

The Tigers aren't going to take relief in Venezuela's struggles, considering how many of their players call the country their home. They'll obviously enjoy having Miguel Cabrera back in their camp though, along with Omar Infante and Anibal Sanchez.

"I'll be glad to get those guys back, because we can get settled in a little bit better," manager Jim Leyland said. "You know that part [of the lineup] is etched in stone, with Cabrera and Infante, but I have to get them ready to play."

They'll return just in time for some of the toughest trips on the Tigers' Spring Training schedule, including two long bus and car rides in a three-day span at the end of the week to face the Mets and Cardinals. Leyland indicated he'll likely split up his regular infielders and outfielders on those trips, and Torii Hunter probably won't be on the travel roster for either game.

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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