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World Baseball Classic: Everything you need to know

As the global tournament steps to the plate overnight March 2, here's a very quick viewer's guide.

By Ross AtkinStaff writer / March 1, 2013

Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips tries on a USA World Baseball Classic uniform during photo day at the team's facility in Goodyear, Ariz., Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013. The US team is among 16 that vie over the next three weeks in a competition that occurs simultaneously but separately from Major League Baseball spring training.

Paul Sancya/AP


Spring training baseball is just revving up in Florida and Arizona, and Opening Day is still weeks away, yet the closest thing the sport has to a true world series (notice the lowercase) begins Saturday in Fukuoka, Japan.

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