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Jansen added to Netherlands Classic roster

Phoenix, AZ - Team Kingdom of the Netherlands announced today the addition of right-handed pitcher Kenley Jansen to its World Baseball Classic roster for play during the Championship Round at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California. Jansen replaces pitcher Jonatan Isenia, who has a strained right elbow.

Jansen, 25, was originally signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers as a non-drafted free agent on Nov. 17, 2004. In 2012 with Dodgers, he posted a 5-3 record with 25 saves and a 2.35 ERA (65 IP - 17 ER) in 65 games. Jansen owns an 8-4 career record with 34 saves and a 2.22 ERA (145.2 IP - 36 ER) in 141 games. He has walked 63 batters and struck out 236 in his career.

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Since the start of the 2010 season, Jansen ranks among Major League leaders (min. 125 IP) in ERA (.222; 7th), opponents' batting average (.148; 1st) and opponents' slugging percentage (.237; 3rd). His strikeouts per 9.0 innings is 14.58, the second highest mark all-time among pitchers with 125 career innings (Craig Kimbrel; 15.89). Jansen set a new single-season Major League record in 2011 striking out 16.1 batters per 9.0 innings pitched (53.2 IP - 96 SO).

Jansen appeared as a catcher for Team Netherlands in the 2009 WBC, finishing 1-for-13 with a walk in five games played. He converted to pitcher during the 2009 season at Single-A Inland Empire.

A native of Willemstad, Curacao, Jansen is expected to join Team Netherlands in San Francisco. He is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA in two appearances this far in Spring Training (2 IP, 2 BB, 1 SO).

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