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Thursday, 27th September 2012
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Japan to host WBC round in 2013

Fukuoka will host round two of the World Baseball Classic (WBC) in 2013.

The announcement was made in San Francisco on Tuesday September 25th by Major League Baseball officials.

The US will host games in every round, with the semi-finals and finals being held in San Francisco. Miami will join Fukuoka in hosting the second round, which will see Pool A teams play. The Japanese prefecture will see Japan, China and Cuba included in the line-up.

"In a short period of time since it was instituted, [the Classic has] become, really, one of the crown jewels in all of sports," said the San Francisco Giants' president and chief executive officer, Larry Baer.

Since its inception, the WBC has held two previous competitions, the first in 2006 and the second in 2009, with 16 teams competing. For the third installment next year, there will be a few differences.

Next year the tournament will include squads from 28 countries, an increase of 12 teams. The first round will be a round-robin (or all-play-all tournament). The second will be a double elimination round.