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Classic exodus opens door for Marlins' NRIs

Barnes, den Dekker, Moore to get more chances to impress
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JUPITER, Fla. -- Martin Prado finished up Sunday while Christian Yelich, Giancarlo Stanton and starting pitcher Edinson Volquez suited up for their final Grapefruit League game Monday before heading to the World Baseball Classic.

Yelich and Stanton will play for the United States in the tournament, while Prado is on Team Venezuela and Volquez represents the Dominican Republic.

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JUPITER, Fla. -- Martin Prado finished up Sunday while Christian Yelich, Giancarlo Stanton and starting pitcher Edinson Volquez suited up for their final Grapefruit League game Monday before heading to the World Baseball Classic.

Yelich and Stanton will play for the United States in the tournament, while Prado is on Team Venezuela and Volquez represents the Dominican Republic.

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That may come as a disappointment to fans wanting to watch the Marlins stars in action, but it opens the door for several non-roster invitees to show what they can do.

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"It's not going to look much different," manager Don Mattingly said of the departures. "Really, in our minds, I think it gives us a really good look at Brandon Barnes, Matt den Dekker, Tyler Moore at first, and then some in the outfield."

That group is among the 13 position players that are non-roster invitees hoping to catch the eye of Mattingly this spring.

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"So it really gives those guys extended at-bats," Mattingly said. "So I actually don't mind it as long as those guys are getting ready for the WBC, it gives us a good look at these guys that we brought into camp."

Tayron Guerrero (Colombia) will also play in the Classic. A.J. Ellis (United States) was scheduled to play, but withdrew due to a hamstring strain.

The World Baseball Classic runs through March 22. In the U.S., games air live exclusively in English on MLB Network and on an authenticated basis via MLBNetwork.com/watch, while ESPN Deportes and WatchESPN provide the exclusive Spanish-language coverage. MLB.TV Premium subscribers in the U.S. have access to watch every tournament game live on any of the streaming service's 400-plus supported devices. The tournament is being distributed internationally across all forms of television, internet, mobile and radio in territories excluding the U.S., Puerto Rico and Japan. Get tickets for games at Marlins Park, Tokyo Dome, Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, Estadio Charros de Jalisco in Mexico, Petco Park, as well as the Championship Round at Dodger Stadium, while complete coverage -- including schedules, video, stats and gear -- is available at WorldBaseballClassic.com.

Glenn Sattell is a contributor to MLB.com.

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