(Reuters) – The National League Cy Young Award winner, three MVP award winners and a host of Major League Baseball All-Stars were on Team USA’s provisional roster announced on Thursday for the World Baseball Classic.

The remaining 15 rosters for the third edition of the international tournament will be revealed later on Thursday. Formal rosters will be set on February 20 for the March tournament where Japan will go for their third successive Classic crown.

Four players return from the 2009 U.S. team which lost in the semi-finals to Japan – Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins (2007 NL MVP), Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino, Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun (2011 NL MVP) and Mets third baseman David Wright.

Other position players include first baseman Mark Teixeira (Yankees), second baseman Brandon Phillips (Reds), catcher Joe Mauer (Twins, 2009 AL MVP) and outfielders Adam Jones (Orioles) and Giancarlo Stanton (Marlins).

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