For Scutaro, third Classic may be his last

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- While right fielder Carlos Gonzalez marveled at the young talent for Team Venezuela, its oldest member called 2013 probably his last World Baseball Classic.

Giants infielder and 2012 National League Championship Series MVP Marco Scutaro, who represented Venezuela in both 2006 and 2009, started in Tuesday's exhibition against the Marlins, going 1-for-2. Omar Infante earned the start on Wednesday.

The 37-year-old Scutaro has had an eventful few months, winning the World Series and preparing for his third Classic.

"It's a different experience, just because you get to be part of a team with a bunch of great players for your country, and something I'm very proud of [is] to be with this team and try to enjoy this experience the most," Scutaro said. "It's probably going to be my last one. I don't know about four years from now. I'm just trying to get the most and do something special."

When asked whether he grew up playing baseball with any others players on the team, Scutaro joked that he was old. He did play winter ball with catcher Ramon Hernandez -- seven months his junior -- more than a decade ago, and also against Miguel Cabrera.

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