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March 1, 2006

134: Cuba's national team’s winning streak in international competition from the Pan American Games in 1987 to 1997's Intercontinental Cup

14: Cuba’s current winning streak, dating back to a round-robin loss to Japan in the 2004 Olympics

9: Players on the American roster with previous Team USA experience (Michael Barrett, Chad Cordero, Jeff Francoeur, Matt Holliday, Alex Rodriguez, Huston Street, Mark Teixeira, Jason Varitek and Dan Wheeler)

9,337: Miles from Sydney to Orlando. The Australian team will travel the farthest of the 16 participating countries to its first round game

.286: Jason Varitek's average in the 1992 Olympics for an American team that finished fourth; Varitek is the only member of Team USA with Olympic experience

23: Twins players on provisional rosters, the most of any big league organization

3/3: Date of the first game of the Classic, as Korea plays Taiwan at the Tokyo Dome in Japan

4: Players listed on two provisional rosters: Alex Rodriguez (United States and Dominican Republic), Dan Haren (United States and Netherlands), Twins minor leaguer Paul Rutgers (Australia, South Africa) and A’s infielder Marcos Scutaro (Italy, Venezuela).