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WBC announces venues, pools

Updated: September 25, 2012, 7:21 PM ET
Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO -- Two-time defending champion Japan and Cuba will face off in the first round of pool play in next year's World Baseball Classic. Home-field advantage: Japan.

Japan will host first and second rounds of pool play at two sites in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, which features a new qualifying format rather than the invitation-only system of the first two events.

The top 12 nations from the last WBC were already in, then the other four determined from 28 teams through ...

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