Match-ups set for World Baseball Classic championship round
After the Dominican Republic's victory over Puerto Rico on Saturday, the WBC scene now shifts to San Francisco, and that's where a champion for 2013 will be crowned.
Following the Dominican Republic's 2-0 victory over Puerto Rico on Saturday, the 2013 World Baseball Classic now shifts to San Francisco for the determinative three final games and the introduction of the single-elimination format.
Here's what that championship bracket will look like ...
By losing to the D.R. on Saturday, Puerto Rico is now forced to fly across the country and play powerhouse Japan, fully rested and winners of the previous two World Baseball Classics, on Sunday night (9 p.m. ET). Meanwhile, the mighty Dominican Republic (6-0 in the 2013 WBC) will face upstart Kingdom of the Netherlands in the other semifinal on Monday night. The winners of those two games will meet for the belt and the title on Tuesday night starting at 8 p.m. ET.
Of note: This will be the first WBC championship round without South Korea as one of the four combatants. Also absent, of course, are the United States and Cuba, the world's top-ranked team coming in.
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