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Classic pitchers' schedules won't change much

JUPITER, Fla. -- In the first couple of days of March, a couple of Marlins pitchers will be leaving Spring Training to enter the World Baseball Classic.

Steve Cishek will be pitching in relief for Team USA, and Henderson Alvarez is hopeful to be in the rotation for Venezuela. All-Star right fielder Giancarlo Stanton also will be playing for the United States.

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Regarding the pitchers and their scheduled throwing sessions, manager Mike Redmond says not much will change.

"We're going to try to get them to a progression and build them up, and try to see them as much as we can," Redmond said. "But we're not going to schedule more bullpens to get a better look at them.

"We're just trying to make sure they get their throwing in, and make sure they're ready to go when they leave here. So they'll be fine."

Cishek took over as closer in the second half of 2012, and Redmond said the job is his to lose with the Marlins. For Team USA, Atlanta's Craig Kimbrel is expected to close.

Cishek was Miami's best reliever a year ago, and a big part of his success comes from a deceptive sidearm delivery.

"I watched him pitch on video," Redmond said. "It's a funky little delivery. He did a nice job. I'm looking forward to seeing him pitch. He's the guy. He's definitely the front-runner for the closer job."

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