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Pirates prospect Taillon gets start against US

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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.

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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