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Deduno added to Dominican's preliminary roster

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Samuel Deduno was a late addition to the Dominican Republic's preliminary roster for the World Baseball Classic, the right-hander said Tuesday.

Deduno, who is not on the Twins' 40-man roster but is competing for a spot in the rotation after posting a 4.44 ERA in 15 starts last season, is tentatively scheduled to leave the Twins in early March. The rosters are still not official but he's one of 12 players in Minnesota's organization tentatively slated to participate in the Classic.

"I'm pretty excited," Deduno said. "I'm from the Dominican Republic and I want to help my team and my country."

Infielder Jamey Carroll was also added to Team USA's reserve list for the Classic. Carroll will join the roster if anyone gets hurt. Team USA currently has Twins catcher Joe Mauer and closer Glen Perkins on its preliminary roster.

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