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R.A. Dickey will front a stacked starting rotation for the United States.
The United States lost to Japan in the semi-finals of the 2009 WBC, and it's obvious they're looking to improve on that performance in this year's Classic.
The U.S. features a team loaded at virtually every position.
David Wright, Jimmy Rollins, Brandon Phillips and Mark Teixeira make up the starting infield with Ben Zobrist and Willie Bloomquist providing depth.
Ryan Braun, Giancarlo Stanton and Adam Jones comprise the starting outfield, with Shane Victorino who can cover all three spots as well.
A rotation featuring R.A. Dickey, Gio Gonzalez, Ryan Vogelsong, Ross Detwiler and Derek Holland is set, and they're backed up by a bullpen featuring closer Craig Kimbrel and relievers Jeremy Affeldt, Glen Perkins, Vinnie Pestano, Steve Cishek and Heath Bell.
Manager Joe Torre will have no shortage of weapons as the U.S. prepares to win its first WBC title starting next week.
Doug Mead is a featured columnist with Bleacher Report. His work has been featured on the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, SF Gate, CBS Sports, the Los Angeles Times and the Houston Chronicle.