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Willy Aybar To Play For Dominican Republic in 2009 World Baseball Classic

Just saw that Willy Aybar was selected to the final roster for the Dominican Republic. Aybar was not on the DR's provisional roster, so his addition comes as a surprise. The world's greatest backup should see significant time at first base with the Dominican both missing Albert Pujols and Carlos Pena. 

This means Rays fans will get a real good look at Adam Kennedy at second base this spring as well as Morgan Ensberg at first base at least until Carlos Pena is recovered fully from abdominal surgery. On paper, Kennedy and Jason Bartlett give the Rays their best combination of middle infielders.

As expected, Akinori Iwamura and J.P. Howell were on their teams final rosters and Evan Longoria was not on the final roster for Team USA.