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02/22/06 12:04 PM EST

Dellucci to pass on Classic

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Outfielder David Dellucci has decided against playing for Italy in the World Baseball Classic.

Dellucci said Wednesday morning that it's more important for him to remain in camp with the Rangers.

"This year, coming into Spring Training with the additions we made in the offseason, I'm much more excited about the direction of the organization," Dellucci said. "I want to be a part of that, from the first day of spring right up until the end. It's too important to leave for any amount of time.

"I play for the Texas Rangers. I want to win a World Series with the Texas Rangers. That's my job. That's how I make my living."

Teammate Mark DeRosa had originally said he would play for Italy but has since backed out. First baseman Mark Teixeira and shortstop Michael Young are playing for the United States.

Closer Francisco Cordero is on the Dominican Republic roster, but may not play because of some soreness in his shoulder.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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