Samurai Japan manager Hideki Kuriyama excited about challenge of new WBC format

Manager Hideki Kuriyama’s Samurai Japan team will begin its campaign for a third World Baseball Classic championship at Tokyo Dome on March 9 under a new format, organizers announced Thursday.
Next year’s tournament will feature five-team first-round pools and knockout play, starting from the second-round pools, to decide who advances to the final round that concludes in Miami on March 21.

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