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_Americans on a mission: Team USA has yet to reach the championship game of the first two Classics.

_Players will be subject to drug testing by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

_San Juan, Puerto Rico, will host games for the third time at Hiram Bithorn Stadium, to be played March 7-10.

_Sparkling new Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, the shared spring venue of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies, will be on display for the world to see. The ballpark hosts Pool D games between the U.S., Italy, Mexico and qualifier Canada.