Reds' Phillips selected for World Baseball Classic

CINCINNATI (AP) - Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips was initially hesitant about playing in the World Baseball Classic because of the way others have been hurt or struggled at the start of the season.

A talk with Team USA manager Joe Torre eased his mind.

Phillips was on the 27-player provisional roster submitted on Thursday. A final 28-player roster is due on Feb. 20.

Phillips said he went "back-and-forth" on whether to be part of the team, but now is excited to represent his country. He says he's been working out more vigorously than usual in January to get ready for the Classic games, which are played with more intensity than spring training games.

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