Posey, Crawford, Cueto set for WBC 2017

Posey, Crawford, Cueto set for WBC 2017

SAN FRANCISCO -- Buster Posey, Brandon Crawford and Johnny Cueto, who rank among the most celebrated Giants, earned another distinction on Wednesday when they were named to participate in next month's World Baseball Classic.

Posey and Crawford will represent the United States, while Cueto will join the Dominican Republic squad.

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The World Baseball Classic runs from March 6-22. In the U.S., games will air live exclusively in English on MLB Network and on an authenticated basis via MLBNetwork.com/watch, while ESPN Deportes and WatchESPN will provide the exclusive Spanish-language coverage. MLB.TV Premium subscribers in the U.S. will have access to watch every tournament game live on any of the streaming service's 400-plus supported devices. Internationally, the tournament will be distributed across all forms of television, internet, mobile and radio in territories excluding the U.S., Puerto Rico and Japan. Get tickets for games at Marlins Park, Tokyo Dome, Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, Estadio Charros de Jalisco in Mexico, Petco Park, as well as the Championship Round at Dodger Stadium, while complete coverage -- including schedules, video, stats and gear -- is available at WorldBaseballClassic.com.

This will mark the first World Baseball Classic activity for Posey, a four-time All-Star who was the 2012 National League Most Valuable Player Award winner, as well as a three-time Silver Slugger and 2016 Gold Glove Award recipient. Crawford, a 2015 All-Star and two-time Gold Glove Award winner, also will see his first World Baseball Classic action.

Cueto, last year's NL All-Star Game starter who has finished in the top six of Cy Young Award balloting three times, participated in the 2009 World Baseball Classic. He excelled for the Dominicans, pitching 4 2/3 shutout innings and receiving the decision in a victory over Panama.

Texas' Jonathan Lucroy and Miami's A.J. Ellis will join Posey to comprise the catching corps for the U.S. Houston's Alex Bregman is among the infielders who will complement Crawford.

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St. Louis' Carlos Martinez, Tampa Bay's Alex Colome and Atlanta's Bartolo Colon are among the pitchers who will join Cueto on the Dominican Republic's staff.

Distinguished as the Giants' contingent is, it's not as sizable as their eight-player representation in 2013, when the club was coming off winning the 2012 World Series in a four-game sweep over Detroit. San Francisco's participants in the '13 World Baseball Classic were right-hander Santiago Casilla (Dominican Republic), outfielder Angel Pagan (Puerto Rico), right-hander Sergio Romo (Mexico), Minor League catcher Tyler LaTorre (Italy), infielders Pablo Sandoval and Marco Scutaro (Venezuela) and pitchers Jeremy Affeldt and Ryan Vogelsong (United States).

Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.