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Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Haters gonna hate, but I know I’m not the only person looking forward to the WBC.
The World Baseball Classic is back, now on a four-year cycle, and provisional rosters for each of the participating 16 teams will be released Thursday.
Team USA’s roster is slated for release at 10 a.m. ET with the best of the rest following at 4 p.m. ET. Both announcements are scheduled for MLB Network, with U.S. manager Joe Torre commenting on the American team after the morning announcement.
The Network will broadcast all 39 games in this third running of Major League Baseball’s only international tournament, which will open with Brazil facing two-time defending champion Japan in Fukuoka, Japan, on March 2, and end with the final game in San Francisco on March 19.
Team USA is in the Arizona bracket with Canada, Mexico and Italy and opens against the Mexicans at Chase Field on March 8. The other three first-round brackets are in Japan; Taichung, Taiwan; and San Juan, Puerto Rico.
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