The Italian Almanac

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Italian Sport - January 10

The Detroit Tigers will have some European guests at spring training: the Italian national baseball team.

Italy will play the Tigers in an exhibition game in Lakeland, Fla., on March 4 in preparation for the World Baseball Classic, the Italian baseball federation said Monday. The Italians will train in the Tigers' spring training home from March 3-6.

Tigers pitcher Jason Grilli is being considered for Italy's roster for the March 3-20 tournament. Italy will play its opening-round games in Orlando, Fla. It faces Australia on March 7, Venezuela a day later and the Dominican Republic on March 9.