The Sporting News

Your guide to the '06 World Baseball Classic.(FASTBALLS, FLAGS AND FAVORITES)

For all of the World Baseball (kind of) Classic's shortcomings--playing a "world championship" during spring training tops our list--there still are plenty of reasons to watch. Try Derek Jeter, Albert Pujols, Ichiro Suzuki and Johan Santana. And Dontrelle Willis, Manny Ramirez, Carlos Beltran and Miguel Cabrera. Then there's the possibility of Team USA's Roger Clemens taking on the Cubans for the championship. If that's not enough to turn your goosebumps red, white and blue, perhaps you should hang on to the halfpipe or stick to the skeleton.

Things to know

* Team USA, which will be based in Phoenix, won't play east of Maricopa County, Ariz.

* Team USA's games will be televised on ESPN, ESPN2 and/or ESPN Deportes. …

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