World Baseball Classic 2013 Schedule: Complete Overview of Early Action

Pete Schauer@@Pete_SchauerCorrespondent IMarch 4, 2013

TAICHUNG, TAIWAN - MARCH 03:  Lin Chih-Sheng of Chinese Taipei reacts in the seventh inning during the World Baseball Classic First Round Group B match between the Netherland and Chinese Taipei at Intercontinental Baseball Stadium on March 3, 2013 in Taichung, Taiwan.  (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
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Since action kicked off on Friday, baseball fans have seen a slew of solid competition at the 2013 World Baseball Classic.

The champs are back at it again, as Japan has dominated Pool A thus far. Meanwhile, the Brazilian team has struggled in its first year of competition.

Need more information on the early action at the 2013 WBC?

Let's take a closer look and also view the remaining WBC schedule.


No Love for the Newcomers

It's been a tough beginning to the WBC for newcomers Brazil.

In its first ever WBC game, it had to play the two-time defending champions, Japan, to which it lost 5-3. While Brazil played tough and even held a 3-2 lead late in the ballgame, it couldn't squeak out a victory over the defending champs, who rallied back.

In its next game, Team Brazil fell to Cuba, 5-2, and is now 0-2 in pool play.

After going just 5-for-15 with runners in scoring position thus far, it doesn't look like the Brazilian team will be advancing to the second round.


Chinese Taipei Looking Strong 

The Chinese Taipei club isn't considered a heavy favorite by any means, but after watching their first two games in pool play, some may want to rethink that.

It's now 2-0 in pool play and has been backed by excellent pitching. Six hurlers combined to throw a one-hitter in an 8-3 win over Netherlands on Sunday, while Chinese Taipei pitchers scattered five hits over nine innings in a 4-1 victory over Australia.

The team has scored 12 runs through two games and has really seen its pitching staff dominate.

Watch out for this team as the tournament progresses.


Japan Definitely a Title Contender?

Without question, the Japanese are ready to defend the WBC title in 2013.

Japan has gone 2-0 in pool play, beating Brazil and China with a mix of solid offense and great pitching.

The Japanese club takes sincere pride in representing its country against the rest of the world, which provides the added hunger necessary to win the WBC. That was evident in its comeback win over Brazil.

While I think there are more talented teams in the Classic, I'm not sure any club wants it more than Japan.


Remaining WBC Schedule

First Round:

Pool A

Monday, Mar. 4 at 2:30 a.m. ET: China @ Cuba

Tuesday, Mar. 5 at 3 a.m. ET: Brazil @ China

Wednesday, Mar. 6 at 5 a.m. ET: Japan @ Cuba


Pool B

Monday, Mar. 4 at 5:30 a.m. ET: Korea @ Australia

Monday, Mar. 4 at 11:30 p.m. ET: Australia @ Netherlands

Tuesday, Mar. 5 at 6:30 a.m. ET: Chinese Taipei @ Korea


Pool C

Thursday, Mar. 7 at 6:30 p.m. ET: Venezuela @ Dominican Republic

Friday, Mar. 8 at 5:30 p.m. ET: Spain @ Puerto Rico

Saturday, Mar. 9 at 11 a.m. ET: Dominican Republic @ Spain

Saturday, Mar. 9 at 5:30 p.m. ET: Puerto Rico @ Venezuela

Sunday, Mar. 10 at 12:30 p.m. ET: Spain @ Venezuela

Sunday, Mar. 10 at 7:30 p.m. ET: Dominican Republic @ Puerto Rico


Pool D

Thursday, Mar. 7 at 3 p.m. ET: Italy @ Mexico

Friday, Mar. 8 at 2:30 p.m. ET: Canada @ Italy

Friday, Mar. 8 at 9 p.m. ET: Mexico @ United States

Saturday, Mar. 9 at 2:30 p.m. ET: Canada @ Mexico

Saturday, Mar. 9 at 9 p.m. ET: United States @ Italy

Sunday, Mar. 10 at 4 p.m. ET: United States @ Canada


Second Round

Pool 1

Thursday, Mar. 7 at 10 p.m. ET: Pool A Runner-Up @ Pool B Winner

Friday, Mar. 8 at 5 a.m. ET: Pool B Runner-Up @ Pool A Winner

Saturday, Mar. 9 at 5 a.m. ET: Game 1 Loser @ Game 2 Loser

Sunday, Mar. 10 at 6 a.m. ET: Game 1 Winner @ Game 2 Winner

Monday, Mar. 11 at 6 a.m. ET: Game 3 Winner @ Game 4 Loser

Tuesday, Mar. 12 at 6 a.m. ET: Game 5 Winner @ Game 4 Winner


Pool 2

Tuesday, Mar. 12 at 1 p.m. ET: Pool D Runner-Up @ Pool C Winner

Tuesday, Mar. 12 at 8 p.m. ET: Pool C Runner-Up @ Pool D Winner

Wednesday, Mar. 13 at 7 p.m. ET: Game 1 Loser @ Game 2 Loser

Thursday, Mar. 14 at 7 p.m. ET: Game 1 Winner @ Game 2 Winner

Friday, Mar. 15 at 7 p.m. ET: Game 3 Winner @ Game 4 Loser

Saturday, Mar. 16 at 1 p.m. ET: Game 5 Winner @ Game 4 Winner


Championship Round

Sunday, Mar. 17 at 9 p.m. ET: Pool 2 Runner-Up @ Pool 1 Winner

Monday, Mar. 18 at 9 p.m. ET: Pool 1 Runner-Up @ Pool 2 Winner

Tuesday, Mar. 19 at 8 p.m. ET: Semi 2 Winner @ Semi 1 Winner 


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