The WBC begins Saturday, March 2
The WBC will begin on Saturday, March 2 at the Fukuoka Yahoo! Japan Dome when two-time defending champion Japan vs. newcomer and Qualifier victor Brazil, managed by Hall of Famer Barry Larkin, at 7:00 p.m. (all times local).
Pool A, played from Saturday, March 2nd–Wednesday, March 6th, includes the countries of Brazil, China, Cuba and Japan.
Pool B includes Australia, Chinese Taipei, Korea and the Netherlands playing at Intercontinental Baseball Stadium in Taichung, Taiwan from Saturday, March 2nd–Tuesday, March 5th. The opening game on March 2nd will be played at 12:30 p.m. between 2009 finalist Korea and the Netherlands.
Pool C takes place in Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico and host the favorite Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico, Spain and Venezuela from Thursday, March 7th–Sunday, March 10th. Venezuela and the Dominican Republic will square off in the first game in San Juan on March 7th at 7:30 p.m.
Pool D games take place at Chase Field and Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in Arizona and feature Canada, Italy, Mexico and the United States from Thursday, March 7th–Sunday, March 10th. Salt River Fields will host the opening game on March 7th at 1:00 p.m. between Mexico and Italy. Team USA, managed by Joe Torre, will debut on the night of Friday, March 8th vs. Team Mexico at 7:00 p.m. at Chase Field in Phoenix.
- The First Round will feature a round-robin format with the top two teams at each venue advancing to one of two Second Round pools.
- The Second Round, which will be a modified double-elimination format, will be played at the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan and Marlins Park in Miami, Florida.
- Pool 1 at the Tokyo Dome, from Friday, March 8th–Tuesday, March 12th, will feature the winners and runners-up from Pools A and B
- Pool 2 at Marlins Park, from Tuesday, March 12th–Saturday, March 16th, will host the winners and runners-up from Pools C and D.
- The winners and runners-up from each of the Second Round pools will advance to the Championship Round at AT&T Park in San Francisco from Sunday, March 17th–Tuesday, March 19th.
Tickets are available for all tournament venues at www.worldbaseballclassic.com.
MLB Network will be the exclusive English-language broadcast partner for all 39 games of the 2013 World Baseball Classic in the United States from March 2nd-19th.