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World Baseball Classic GameThread: Thursday, March 9th

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Canada faces the stacked squad from the Dominican Republic, and then Mexico faces Italy.

MLB: Toronto Blue Jays at Baltimore Orioles Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Canada vs. Dominican Republic, Pool C

Time/Place: 6 p.m., Marlins Park - Miami, Florida
Media: MLB Network, ESPN Deportes
Pitching Matchup: RHP Ryan Dempster vs. RHP Carlos Martinez

Lineups

Canada Dominican Republic
Canada Dominican Republic
Dalton Pompey CF Jose Reyes SS
Justin Morneau DH Manny Machado 3B
Tyler O'Neill LF Robinson Cano 2B
Freddie Freeman 1B Jose Bautista LF
Eric Wood 3B Carlos Santana 1B
Rene Tosoni RF Nelson Cruz RF
George Kottaras C Adrian Beltre DH
Pete Orr 2B Gregory Polanco CF
Jonathan Malo SS Wellington Castillo C

Mexico vs. Italy, Pool D

Time/Place: 9 p.m., Estadio Charros de Jalisco - Guadalajara, Mexico
Media: MLB Network, ESPN Deportes

Lineups

Mexico Italy
Mexico Italy
Esteban Quiroz 2B Brandn Nimmo CF
Alex Verdugo CF John Andreoli RF
Brandon Laird 3B Daniel Descalso 2B
Adrian Gonzalez 1B Rob Segedin LF
Japhet Amador DH Francisco Cervelli CF
Efren Navarro LF Chris Colabello 1B
Luis Cruz SS Alex Liddi 3B
Sebastian Elizalde RF Drew Butera DH
Sebastian Valle C Gavin Cecchini SS