Gonzalez declines to pitch in WBC

Orioles pitcher Miguel Gonzalez said Thursday he declined an invitation to pitch for Team Mexico in the World Baseball Classic.

“Obviously this is more important than me going down there,” said Gonzalez, who is coming off an impressive rookie campaign that started with him signing as a Minor League free agent in March. “This is my first big league Spring Training. I’ll be focused on doing my stuff here first.

“It was a tough decision, but you always have to think about what’s going to happen in the long run. So I think it’s more important for me to be with the team.”

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