US to play Colombia in WBC opener at Miami on March 10

NEW YORK (AP) The United States will open its World Baseball Classic schedule against Colombia on March 10, play the defending champion Dominican Republic the following day and close Group C of the first round against Canada on March 12.

Major League Baseball and the players' association announced the schedule Tuesday. The Americans' first-round games will be in Miami.

Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles had been announced in August as site of the March 22 final of the 16-nation tournament.

Israel, the Netherlands, South Korea and Taiwan will play Group A games in Seoul from March 6-10, and Australia, China, Cuba and Japan will play Group B in Tokyo from March 7-11.

Italy, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Venezuela will play Group D in Guadalajara from March 9-12. The top two nations in each group advance to the second round, to be played in Tokyo from March 12-15 and San Diego from March 14-19. Dodger Stadium will host semifinals on March 20 and 21.

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