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Colombia-D.R. full of advancement implications

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Fresh off its comeback victory over the U.S. on Saturday, the Dominican Republic looks to finish pool play undefeated in its Pool C finale against Colombia at 12:30 p.m. ET on Sunday at Marlins Park.

If the Dominican Republic (2-0) wins, the 2013 Classic champs will advance to the second round. But if Columbia (1-1) upsets the Dominicans, it gets a little tricky.

Fresh off its comeback victory over the U.S. on Saturday, the Dominican Republic looks to finish pool play undefeated in its Pool C finale against Colombia at 12:30 p.m. ET on Sunday at Marlins Park.

If the Dominican Republic (2-0) wins, the 2013 Classic champs will advance to the second round. But if Columbia (1-1) upsets the Dominicans, it gets a little tricky.

"Tomorrow's game is extremely important for us," D.R. manager Tony Pena said Saturday.

A Colombia win and U.S. win over Canada (both 1-1) at 7 p.m. would set up a three-way tie with the D.R., Colombia and U.S. all being 2-1 in pool play. If the Dominicans win and Canada beats the U.S., then the tiebreaker rules would determine which of the three 1-2 teams (U.S., Colombia, Canada) advances to the second round with the undefeated Dominicans.

Here are the tiebreaker rules:

• The first tiebreaker considers each team's runs allowed per inning of defense played (including partial innings), only in games against the other two teams that are tied.

• If necessary, the second tiebreaker is the same as the first, except only earned runs are counted.

• If there is still a tie, the relevant teams then would be ranked in order of highest batting average -- again considering only contests played against each other.

• Finally, the last resort would be a drawing of lots, conducted by World Baseball Classic, Inc.

But, keep in mind: If the D.R. and U.S. both win on Sunday, they would advance at 3-0 and 2-1, respectively.

Colombia will start right-hander Nabil Crismatt on Sunday, though manager Luis Urueta said Saturday the young righty would be on a short leash. The Dominican Republic tabbed Wily Peralta of the Brewers.

Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com.

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