Friday, March 1, 2013

A complete schedule for the World Baseball Classic


The World Baseball Classic will kick-off on Saturday when Brazil clashes with Japan in Pool A play. And the Classic will run until March 19 when the top two teams compete for the championship at AT&T Park in San Francisco.

Here is a breakdown of the WBC schedule from start to finish:

FIRST ROUND (Round Robin)

Pool A - Fukuoka, Japan
1 Sat, Mar 2, 5:00 AM Japan @ Brazil
2 Sat, Mar 2, 10:30 PM Cuba @ Brazil
3 Sun, Mar 3, 5:00 AM China @ Japan
4 Mon, Mar 4, 2:30 AM China @ Cuba
5 Tue, Mar 5, 3:00 AM Brazil @ China
6 Wed, Mar 6, 5:00 AM Japan @ Cuba

Pool B - Taichung, Taiwan
1 Fri, Mar 1, 11:30 PM Australia @ Chinese Taipei
2 Sat, Mar 2, 6:30 AM Korea @ Netherlands
3 Sun, Mar 3, 1:30 AM Netherlands @ Chinese Taipei
4 Mon, Mar 4, 5:30 AM Korea @ Australia
5 Mon, Mar 4, 11:30 PM Australia @ Netherlands
6 Tue, Mar 5, 6:30 AM Chinese Taipei @ Korea

Pool C - San Juan, Puerto Rico
1 Thu, Mar 7, 6:30 PM Venezuela @ Dominican Rep.
2 Fri, Mar 8, 5:30 PM Spain @ Puerto Rico
3 Sat, Mar 9, 11:00 AM Dominican Rep. @ Spain
4 Sat, Mar 9, 5:30 PM Puerto Rico @ Venezuela
5 Sun, Mar 10, 12:30 PM Spain @ Venezuela
6 Sun, Mar 10, 7:30 PM Dominican Rep. @ Puerto Rico

Pool D - Phoenix, Arizona
1 Thu, Mar 7, 3:00 PM Italy @ Mexico
2 Fri, Mar 8, 2:30 PM Canada @ Italy
3 Fri, Mar 8, 9:00 PM Mexico @ United States
4 Sat, Mar 9, 2:30 PM Canada @ Mexico
5 Sat, Mar 9, 9:00 PM United States @ Italy
6 Sun, Mar 10, 4:00 PM United States @ Canada

SECOND ROUND (Modified Double Elimination)

Pool 1 - Tokyo, Japan
1 Thu, Mar 7, 10:00 PM Pool A Runner-Up @ Pool B Winner*
2 Fri, Mar 8, 5:00 AM Pool B Runner-Up @ Pool A Winner*
3 Sat, Mar 9, 5:00 AM Game 1 Loser @ Game 2 Loser
4 Sun, Mar 10, 6:00 AM Game 1 Winner @ Game 2 Winner
5 Mon, Mar 11, 6:00 AM Game 3 Winner @ Game 4 Loser
6 Tue, Mar 12, 6:00 AM Game 5 Winner @ Game 4 Winner

Pool 2 - Miami, Florida
1 Tue, Mar 12, 1:00 PM Pool D Runner-Up @ Pool C Winner*
2 Tue, Mar 12, 8:00 PM Pool C Runner-Up @ Pool D Winner*
3 Wed, Mar 13, 7:00 PM Game 1 Loser @ Game 2 Loser
4 Thu, Mar 14, 7:00 PM Game 1 Winner @ Game 2 Winner
5 Fri, Mar 15, 7:00 PM Game 3 Winner @ Game 4 Loser
6 Sat, Mar 16, 1:00 PM Game 5 Winner @ Game 4 Winner
* Game times may be switched. USA will play at 8pm if they qualify, regardless if they are Pool D Winner or Runner-Up.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND (Single Elimination)
1 Sun, Mar 17, 9:00 PM Pool 2 Runner-Up @ Pool 1 Winner
2 Mon, Mar 18, 9:00 PM Pool 1 Runner-Up @ Pool 2 Winner
3 Tue, Mar 19, 8:00 PM Semi 2 Winner @ Semi 1 Winner

** All times listed are in EST

Japan has won both Classic's prior to this one (2006, 2009). They edged out South Korea, 5-3, in 10 innings in '09. And they slid past Cuba, 10-6, in '06.

The United States will be looking to improve upon the fourth place finish they recorded in 2009. The U.S. is 7-7 all-time in WBC games.

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