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• Sojo said bullpen duties would vary day-to-day. For example: If Rodriguez pitches back-to-back games, he won't be available the following day.

"Yesterday I wanted to make sure [Rodriguez] pitched, that's why I brought him in the eighth," Sojo said.

• Team Venezuela left for San Juan, Puerto Rico immediately following Wednesday afternoon's exhibition against the Mets at Tradition Field. It will play the Dominican Republic at 6:30 p.m. ET Thursday at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in its Classic opener. Tigers right-hander Anibal Sanchez will start for Venezuela, opposite Edinson Volquez.

• Sojo said Sanchez told him he would go four innings in his Thursday night start against the Dominican Republic to open pool play.

World Baseball Classic rules state that a pitcher can throw no more than 65 pitches per game in the First Round of the tournament.

"Hopefully he's going to go four," Sojo said. "I'm going to cross my fingers. He's a kind of guy who throws strikes. When you have a guy who throws strikes, it can happen."

Christina De Nicola is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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