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Archer to start Team USA's opener vs. Colombia

Americans begin Classic '17 play Friday at 6 p.m. ET on MLB Network
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Rays right-hander Chris Archer will start Team USA's World Baseball Classic opener on Friday against Colombia, manager Jim Leyland said Tuesday.

The game begins at 6 p.m. ET at Marlins Park, live on MLB Network.

Rays right-hander Chris Archer will start Team USA's World Baseball Classic opener on Friday against Colombia, manager Jim Leyland said Tuesday.

The game begins at 6 p.m. ET at Marlins Park, live on MLB Network.

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Leyland also said the Americans plan to piggyback two starters in their second game, which is Saturday at 6:30 p.m. ET against the Dominican Republic. Royals lefty Danny Duffy will start the third game against Canada on Sunday at 7 p.m. ET.

The World Baseball Classic runs through March 22. In the U.S., games air live exclusively in English on MLB Network and on an authenticated basis via MLBNetwork.com/watch, while ESPN Deportes and WatchESPN provide the exclusive Spanish-language coverage. MLB.TV Premium subscribers in the U.S. have access to watch every tournament game live on any of the streaming service's 400-plus supported devices.

Video: Archer, Gray, Smyly, Stroman head up Team USA staff

The tournament is being distributed internationally across all forms of television, internet, mobile and radio in territories excluding the U.S., Puerto Rico and Japan. Get tickets for games at Marlins Park, Tokyo Dome, Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, Estadio Charros de Jalisco in Mexico, Petco Park, as well as the Championship Round at Dodger Stadium, while complete coverage -- including schedules, video, stats and gear -- is available at WorldBaseballClassic.com.

Video: Team USA is getting ready for the Classic

Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth.

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