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Beltre decides against playing in Classic


SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre is not going to join the Dominican Republic team for the second round of the World Baseball Classic.

Beltre said the Dominican team is doing well without him and his swing still isn't right. Beltre was 4-for-16 with one home run and two RBIs going into Monday's game against the Giants.

Beltre was on the provisional roster for the Dominican team but had to bow out of the first round because of a strained right calf. At the time he left open the possibility of playing in the second round if the Dominican squad advanced. But he has decided against that.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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