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PHOENIX Diamondbacks Heath Bell and Willie Bloomquist have been named to Team USAs provisional roster for the World Baseball Classic this spring.
Bell, who joined the D-backs in a three-team trade this fall, had three consecutive 40-save seasons with San Diego in 2009-11 and is one of three U.S. players who have been full-time closers, joining Atlantas Craig Kimbrel and Clevelands Chris Perez.
Bloomquist was the D-backs starting shortstop for much of the last two seasons before missing the final month of the 2012 season with a back injury. Other middle infielders on U.S. roster include Cincinnati second baseman Brandon Phillips, Philadelphia shortstop Jimmy Rollins and Tampa Bay infielderoutfielder Ben Zobrist.
The provisional roster can include up to 28 players, and the U.S. has one spot available after naming 27 on Thursday. Each of the 16 teams must submit a final 28-man roster, which must include at least 13 pitchers and two catchers, by Feb. 20.
Team USA will play its first-round games at the D-backs home, Chase Field, from March 8-10. The U.S. will play Mexico on March 8, Italy on March 9 and Canada on March 10. The winner will advance to the semifinal round in Miami from March 12-16.
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