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World Baseball Classic opens; U.S. to start March 8

Brazil plays twice in Saturday doubleheader in Japan, and South Korea takes on the Netherlands in Taiwan, as competition begins throughout the world.

March 01, 2013|By Mike Hiserman
  • Japan's catcher Shinnosuke Abe, right, prepares to tag out Australia's Chris Snelling at home in the second inning of their exhibition baseball game at Kyocera Dome in Osaka, western Japan a week before the start of the World Baseball Classic.
Japan's catcher Shinnosuke Abe, right, prepares to tag out Australia's… (Kyodo News / Associated…)

The World Baseball Classic opened play late Friday night with Australia playing Chinese Taipei at Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium in Taichung, Taiwan.

In games Saturday, Japan hosts Brazil and Cuba plays Brazil at Fukuoka, Japan, while South Korea and the Netherlands play in Taichung.

The United States opens play March 8 against Mexico at Chase Field in Phoenix. Also in that pool are Italy and Canada.

The championship game will be played March 19 at AT&T Park in San Francisco.

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