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Former Isotopes tabbed for World Baseball Classic

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By Laura Verillo
Albuquerque Isotopes

Provisional rosters for the 2013 World Baseball Classic have been announced, and six former Isotopes are among those chosen to play for four different teams in the tournament, which runs from March 2-19 in Japan, Taiwan, Puerto Rico and the U.S.

In addition, six current Dodgers are among the Classic’s provisional participants: Ronaldo Belisario (Venezuela), Luis Cruz (Mexico), Adrian Gonzalez (Mexico), Hanley Ramirez (Dominican Republic), Nick Punto (Italy) and Paco Rodriguez (Spain).

The following are the onetime Isotopes, the international teams they will play for, and the years in which they competed in Albuquerque.
• RHP Jason Grilli - Italy (2003)
• INF Luis Cruz - Mexico (2012)
• INF Adrian Gonzalez - Mexico (2003)
• INF Edgar Gonzalez - Mexico (2006)
• INF Ivan De Jesus - Puerto Rico (2010-12)
• HP Ronald Belisario - Venezuela (MLB rehab 2012)