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Baseball roundup: Revealed -- Red Sox prospect recently shot himself

Boston Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said Saturday that prospect Bryce Brentz accidentally shot himself in the leg last month, but could recover in time to play in spring training.

Cherington said Brentz was cleaning the gun went it went off. The bullet passed through Brentz's left leg. Cherington said Brentz wasn't doing anything illegal. Outfielder Brentz, 24, was a first-round draft pick by the Red Sox in 2010. Last season, he hit .290 with 17 homers and 76 RBIs in Double-A and Triple-A.

Raines, Bell make Hall

Former Yankees and Montreal Expos outfielder Tim Raines was selected for the Canadian Baseball of Fame. Also included in the class of 2013 are former outfielders George Bell and Rob Ducey, as well as former announcer Tom Cheek and longtime minor-league owner Nat Bailey.

No players were elected into baseball's Hall of Fame this year by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Raines was fifth in BBWAA balloting with 297 votes (52.2 percent), well short of the 75 percent required for induction.

"The emotions of not getting into the Baseball Hall of Fame is something I've been dealing with for five years," Raines said. "Getting into the Canadian Hall of Fame . . . is the highest honor I've gotten since I played professional baseball, so this is a great moment for me and my family. I was ecstatic about it."

Raines, 53, played leftfield for six teams from 1979-02 and is best known for his time in Montreal (1979-90). Raines was a seven-time All-Star and two-time World Series champion as a player. He has a lifetime .294 average with 2,605 hits, 170 homers and 808 stolen bases, fifth most in major-league history.

Gio to pitch for U.S.

Washington Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez has accepted an invitation to pitch for the United States in the World Baseball Classic, USA Baseball announced through Twitter. Team USA's first scheduled game is March 8 against Mexico at Chase Field in Phoenix.-- AP

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