Yovani Gallardo has been cleared to start for Mexico on Friday night against Team USA.
It's the World Baseball Classic opener for both teams. Gallardo had been bothered by a mild right groin strain, but he tossed an inning Tuesday in an exhibition game against the Diamondbacks and it went well. "I felt good," Gallardo said about his 24-pitch outing. "I threw mostly fastballs. A couple of sliders, a changeup and a curveball. But I felt fine." He will be facing Team USA's R.A. Dickey.