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The San Diego Padres and baseball officials planned to announce Thursday that the semifinals and finals of the World Baseball Classic will be played at Petco Park in March.
The World Baseball Classic will be the first international tournament to feature major league players.
The Padres have scheduled a news conference for Thursday involving officials from Major League Baseball and the players' association.
The San Diego Union-Tribune reported on its Web site Wednesday that the semis and finals will be March 18-20.
Barry Bonds will be activated from the disabled list Monday after being medically cleared to play by Dr. Lewis Yocum.
Bonds, who hasn't played all season while recovering from three operations on his right knee since Jan. 31, would be available to resume his quest for the home run record when the Giants open a three-game series against first-place San Diego on Monday night at SBC Park.
The team said it consulted with Yocum, who recommended giving Bonds one more day as a precautionary measure in hopes of keeping him from further injuring the knee.
``I saw it on the scoreboard,'' manager Felipe Alou said after Saturday's 5-2 loss to the Chicago Cubs. ``I didn't have a lot of time to think about it because I was managing the last two innings. Tomorrow is the big day to make plans. He's been practicing and running around. That's good enough for me, of course.''
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