The United States is scheduled to play Canada in the World Baseball Classic in Phoenix on March 10. That could mean Twins teammates Joe Mauer (catcher) and Glen Perkins (pitcher) of the USA team could face Twins teammate, first baseman Justin Morneau of Canada.

"(Morneau's) been talking a lot and I'm kind of laying in the weeds right now, waiting to see what happens," Mauer said at the Old Timers Hot Stove banquet Tuesday, Jan. 22 at the Prom Center. "After the fact, I'll let him have it."

Mauer joked that his pal, Morneau, when at bat "probably will ask for a couple pitches, but I'm not giving them to him."

Mauer, who turns 30 in April and is about to begin his 10th major league season, said physically he's feeling the best he has in a couple years going into spring training, which begins Feb. 12.

"To have two Minnesotans be able to represent your country I think is pretty good, and I'm excited for the opportunity," he said.

Baseball hall of famer Bert Blyleven, the Twins' TV analyst born in the Netherlands, will be pitching coach for the WBC Netherlands team that will open play in Taichung, Taiwan.