Pool B projected lineups, rotations

Pool B projected lineups, rotations

Four national baseball squads will converge in Arizona next Tuesday to begin play of the inaugural World Baseball Classic. The top two teams in Pool B will advance to the second round, which will be held March 12-16 in Anaheim.

Among the players set to take the field are countless Major Leaguers, including Canada's Jason Bay, Mexico's Jorge Cantu and Roger Clemens, Billy Wagner and Mark Teixeira of the United States.

Below, projected lineups and likely starters for Pool B:

United States
Lineup: Johnny Damon LF, Derek Jeter SS, Ken Griffey Jr. CF, Alex Rodriguez 3B, Chipper Jones DH, Derrek Lee 1B, Jason Varitek C, Vernon Wells RF, Michael Young 2B

Starters: Jake Peavy, Dontrelle Willis and Roger Clemens

South Africa
Lineup: Paul Bell 2B, Brett Willemburg SS, Jason Cook CF, Nick Dempsey 1B, Jon Phillips 3B, Bless Kemp C, Shannon Eckermans RF, Kyle Botha DH, Ashley Scott LF

Starters: Carl Michaels, Barry Armitage, Daryn Smith, Shannon Eckermans and Tyrone Lamont

Lineup: Vinny Castilla 3B, Oscar Robles SS, Jorge Cantu 2B, Adrian Gonzalez 1B, Miguel Ojeda C, Karim Garcia OF, Luis Alfonzo Gonzalez OF, Luis Carlos Garcia OF, Erubiel Durazo DH

Starters: Francisco Campos, Esteban Loaiza, Elmer Dessens and Oliver Perez

Lineup: Pete Orr 2B, Aaron Guiel LF, Jason Bay CF, Justin Morneau 1B, Matt Stairs DH, Corey Koskie 3B, Pete Laforest C, Danny Klassen SS, Adam Stern RF

Starters: Adam Loewen, Erik Bedard and Jeff Francis