Royals' Hosmer to replace Teixeira in WBC

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SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer will replace the injured Mark Teixeira on the United States team at the World Baseball Classic.

Teixeira strained his forearm while swinging off a tee on Tuesday.

Hosmer will leave the Royals' spring training complex and meet up with the USA before its exhibition game against the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday night in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Hosmer received a text message Tuesday night from Tony Clark of the players union, asking if he'd be interested in a spot on the roster.

The U.S. opens group D play of the World Baseball Classic on Friday night against Mexico in Phoenix.

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