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Rays ace Chris Archer won't rejoin Team USA, says he wanted to pitch again in WBC

Tampa Bay Rays ace Chris Archer said he will not rejoin Team USA for the World Baseball Classic after being told that he would not pitch in the final round of the tournament.

Archer tweeted the news Sunday morning, hours after the U.S. defeated the Dominican Republic to secure a spot in the WBC semifinals.

Fox Sports reported later Sunday that Nationals right-hander Tanner Roark will start Tuesday against Japan in the WBC semifinal. U.S. manager Jim Leyland has not officially announced his starting pitcher for the semifinal game.

If the U.S. advances to the final, Blue Jays right-hander Marcus Stroman would start the championship game for Team USA, according to Fox Sports.

Roark struggled in his only WBC appearance on March 11, when he allowed three runs over 1 1/3 innings in Team USA's loss to the Dominican Republic.

Archer was the starting pitcher in Team USA's WBC opener March 10 against Colombia, but he has not pitched since in the tournament. The right-hander returned to the Rays this past week and pitched Thursday in a minor league game as part of a plan to keep him on track to potentially pitch again for the U.S.

But Archer told the Tampa Bay Times that he was told not to take a flight Sunday to Los Angeles, where the WBC semifinals will be held. Archer told the paper that he "was definitely looking forward to pitching" again in the tournament.

Archer also tweeted that he wanted to pitch again for the U.S., saying the decision was "out of my control."

Royals left-hander Danny Duffy started Saturday night's 6-3 victory over the Dominican Republic. Archer, Stroman and Mariners left-hander Drew Smyly are the only other starting pitchers used by the U.S. so far in the WBC.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.