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WBC's first-round hosts: Mexico City, San Juan, Tokyo, Toronto

Updated: March 24, 2008, 12:52 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

TOKYO -- Mexico City, San Juan, Tokyo and Toronto were picked Monday to host first-round games during the second World Baseball Classic, scheduled to begin play in March 2009.

The 16-nation tournament will switch from a round-robin to a double-elimination format during the first two rounds. Japan won the initial WBC in 2006, beating Cuba 10-6 in the final at San Diego.

The four first-round venues are the Rogers Centre in Toronto, where the United States will play; Hiram Bithorn Stadium ...

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