Pettitte, Teixeira to play for U.S. WBC team

01/14/2013 11:14 AM ET
By Jon Lane

Andy Pettitte came out of retirement and returned to the Yankees in 2012.(AP)
New York Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte and first baseman Mark Teixeira will compete for the United States this March at the World Baseball Classic, according to a report from’s Jon Heyman. Pettitte will be reunited with Team USA manager Joe Torre, who piloted Pettitte with the Yankees from 1996 to 2003 and again in 2007.

Pettitte and Teixeira will be making their first WBC appearances; Teixeira declined an opportunity to play in 2009 shortly after signing with the Yankees as a free agent. The pinstriped duo will be joined by New York Mets third baseman David Wright, and former Met/current Toronto Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey. Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter played in the first two World Baseball Classics, but is recovering from a broken ankle suffered last October.

Team USA will play its first game against Mexico on March 8 at Chase Field in Phoenix. The roster in its entirely will be formally unveiled on Thursday.

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