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No. 2 Pedro Alvarez
(3B, 2006-07 National Team)

No. 3 Eric Hosmer
(1B, 2007 18U National Team)

No. 4 Brian Matusz
(SP, 2007 National Team)

No. 6 Kyle Skipworth
(C, 2006 16U, 2007 18U Team)

No. 11 Justin Smoak
(1B, 2007 National Team)

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• Official Olympic baseball competition schedule released

• USA Baseball to host first annual National Team summer camp

• USA Baseball to host Chamber of Commerce event in Cary, N.C.

• Detailed Tournament of Stars schedule now available

• 6th Annual 16U Championships field set

UNC clinches World Series berth at NTC

• Complete 2008 USA Baseball competition calendar now at usabaseball.com

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USA Baseball announces pre-Olympic schedule in N.C.; tickets on sale now
USA Baseball has announced its four pre-Olympic dates prior to the team's departure for Beijing. The four-game schedule includes one game in the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C., on Aug. 1, and three games in the Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham from Aug. 2-4. U.S. Olympic Team Manager Davey Johnson and General Manager Bob Watson joined representatives from USA Baseball, the Durham Bulls, the City of Durham and the Town of Cary at the American Tobacco Campus in Durham to help make the announcement. Tickets for all four games are on sale now at usabaseball.com. More »
At a press conference announcing the exhibition schedule, Manager Davey Johnson said he is excited to prepare his team in North Carolina's Triangle. (BrianFlemingPhotography.com)
Golden Spikes Award candidates down to five
USA Baseball has trimmed its list of 50 semifinalists for the 2008 Golden Spikes Award to five players. Buster Posey from Florida State, Gordan Beckham from Georgia, Brett Wallace from Arizona State, Aaron Crow from Missouri, and Brian Matusz from San Diego were named as finalists for the trophy awarded to amateur baseball's top player. The winner will be announced live on July 16 in New York. Fans can watch the broadcast of the event and follow everything Golden Spikes-related on USA Baseball’s partner website dedicated solely to the award -- goldenspikesaward.com. More »
Florida State star Buster Posey is among the five finalists. (Florida State Athletics)
2008 National Team trials roster builds
USA Baseball announced on Monday its third round of invitations for the 2008 National Team Trials held June 11-23 throughout the northeast and southeast United States. This eight-member list is composed of five sophomores and three freshmen, joining the 26-member invitee list announced over the past month. At the conclusion of the trials, on June 24, 22 players will be selected for the National Team roster. Monday’s invitees join the likes of North Carolina’s Dustin Ackley and San Diego State’s Stephen Strasberg on the trials roster. More »
San Diego State pitcher Stephen Strasburg is among 32 invited to the 2008 trials. (San Diego State athletics)
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