The Arizona Diamondbacks' Heath Bell and Willie Bloomquist were named to the provisional roster for the United States squad for the 2013 World Baseball Classic. The tournament, which features 16 of the world's best baseball teams, begins for the U.S. team on March 8th at Chase Field, when they face regional rivals, Mexico.

Bell joins a strong U.S. bullpen and Bloomquist provides versatility as he will be looked at to play in a utility role for the Stars and Stripes. 27 total players were named with one more spot left open, according to experts, that will be used for a starting pitcher to be named later.