The St. Petersberg Times’ Marc Topkin reports that Devil Rays LF Carl Crawford is the latest player to pull out of the World Baseball Classic.

A lingering left wrist injury will keep Carl Crawford out of next month’s World Baseball Classic, but the Devil Rays say they expect the star leftfielder to be in their lineup for the April 3 season opener.

The injury has been an issue since September and, despite treatment throughout the offseason, Crawford is still experiencing some soreness, especially when he takes a large number of swings.

Rather than risk exacerbating the injury while working out in preparation for the March 3-20 tournament, Crawford will cease all baseball activities for the next two weeks, with the idea that the rest will allow what is described as a “lingering bruise” to heal.

Contradicting last night’s report from the Dayton Daily News’ Hal McCoy, the Reds have named Twins exec Wayne Krivsky their new general manager.

After dropping three games over the weeked to San Diego University, the defending National Champion Texas Longhorns are leading Texas Pan-American, 15-0 through 6 innings. Texas catcher Preston Clark hit a solo HR in the bottom of the 4th that might’ve smashed my windshield. I’ll let you know when I get out of here.

Juston Street, younger brother of UT alumnus/A’s closer Huston, is currently on the mound for Texas in the top of the 7th.

Other than the playing of Supertramp’s “The Logical Song” over the P.A., this has been a pretty enjoyable afternoon.