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Mar 9, 2023

Baseball: Shohei Ohtani to start Japan’s WBC opener against China

Baseball fans from around the world are eagerly anticipating the upcoming World Baseball Classic, set to be broadcast live on multiple networks.

Two-way superstar Shohei Ohtani will take the mound Thursday when two-time World Baseball Classic champion Japan faces China in its Pool B opener, Samurai Japan manager Hideki Kuriyama said Wednesday.

Although the skipper said he hadn’t decided on his big star’s offensive role for the first game, Ohtani said he also expected to bat at Tokyo Dome.

The field of 20 teams will be narrowed to eight after pool play, with the top two teams in each pool moving onto the quarterfinals. From there, it’s a single-elimination bracket style tournament with the championship game set for Tuesday, March 21 in Miami.

There are a couple of jam-packed days of international baseball ahead, with games starting at different times across the globe. Check out the scores, standings and more from the 2023 World Baseball Classic below.

The two nations have a history of epic battles on the diamond, but South Korea manager Lee Kang Chul said his team’s goal is to go into the Japan game with one win.

“We are focusing on the first game against Australia, but we feel so heavily that the game agains

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