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Pirates prospect Taillon gets start against US

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Jameson Taillon was born and raised in the United States. He's played for U.S. junior national teams and was drafted No. 2 overall by Pittsburgh out of Woodland Hills High (Texas) in 2010.

On Sunday, he'll start against the team he's always played for.

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Taillon has dual citizenship in the U.S. and Canada, where his entire family is from and his father now lives. That's what allows him to hurl 100-mph fastballs at the Americans in the World Baseball Classic.

Taillon has strong Canadian ties, and he was excited at the opportunity to pitch on such a big stage.

Never having pitched above Double-A, Taillon hopes that mystery will play to his advantage against some of the world's best hitters.

"It definitely can't hurt," he said. "I'm a younger guy; I haven't made my Major League debut yet. That's how I'm approaching it -- nothing to lose, I know if I make my pitches, I've got the stuff that I feel can get anyone in the world out."

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