Both teams have already advanced to the second round in Anaheim and are playing this one for national pride, which is no small matter between these two countriers. The two teams will meet again in the second round on March 15 at 7 pm PT at Angel Stadium. And they could conceivably meet a third time in the semifinals in San Diego on March 18. However, USA manager Buck Martinez has already named starting pitcher for the semifinals. Before playing a single game.
Korea will likely start Sunny Kim and Japan should start Shunsuke Watanabe on the mound for this one.
The winner of the game gets full claim to Takeshima/Tokdo and the right to call the body of water separating the two nations either The Sea of Japan or the East Sea. Seriously, it would be better if more international disputes were settled this way, but I'm also glad that baseball isn't just politics carried out by other means. 日本、連夜の打棒爆発で台湾を粉砕