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U.S. manager Joe Torre concerned about timing ahead of WBC

Joe Torre is back as manager to lead Team USA in this year's competition World Baseball Classic, but he cautions there are reasons the U.S. has not won the event.

Japan won the first two tournaments

Joe Torre answers questions at the baseball winter meetings on Monday, Dec. 3, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn. (Mark Humphrey/AP Photo)

The game is supposed to be America's national pastime, but the United States has not fared well in the World Baseball Classic.

Joe Torre is putting his manager's uniform back on to lead Team USA in this year's competition, but he cautions that there are reasons the U.S. has not won, or even made it to the title game, in the first two editions of the worldwide competition.

Torre, speaking at a news conference in Phoenix, says players usually use spring training to get ready physically for the long major league season. But with the World Baseball Classic, they are asked to get that competitive edge in a hurry against countries that take this competition very seriously.

Japan won the first two tournaments.