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Wonderful World: 5 Classic games today

Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Team USA look to advance
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The drama of the 2017 World Baseball Classic continues today, with possible tiebreaker scenarios looming for Team USA and others in Pool C and D.

The Dominican Republic is in the driver's seat in Pool C, as is Puerto Rico in Pool D, with both clubs sitting at 2-0. If those teams win today, they will win their pools and advance to the next round.

The drama of the 2017 World Baseball Classic continues today, with possible tiebreaker scenarios looming for Team USA and others in Pool C and D.

The Dominican Republic is in the driver's seat in Pool C, as is Puerto Rico in Pool D, with both clubs sitting at 2-0. If those teams win today, they will win their pools and advance to the next round.

Meanwhile, Japan and the Netherlands face off in Tokyo in Pool F as each team plays its first game of the second round.

If Saturday's thrills were any indication, WBC '17 is set for another unforgettable day to wrap up the weekend. Fans can watch all of today's Classic games, as well as much of this spring's Grapefruit and Cactus League action, streaming live on MLB.TV Premium.

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Here's what to watch for throughout the day (all times ET):

Americans look to avoid tiebreaker: Canada @ USA, 7 p.m., MLB Network and MLB.TV
Team USA turns to Royals left-hander Danny Duffy as it looks to advance out of Pool C. Canada has not announced its starter yet.

The Americans can avoid a tiebreaker and advance if they beat Canada and the Dominican Republic beats Colombia. Team USA would be eliminated today if it loses to Canada and Colombia beats the Dominican Republic.

The only way for Canada to avoid elimination is to beat the Americans and for the Dominican Republic to beat Colombia, a scenario that would see three teams tied with a 1-2 record in Pool C and set in motion tiebreaker rules to set up a potential tiebreaker game.

Team USA beat Colombia, 3-2, in 10 innings on Friday before losing a heartbreaker to the Dominican Republic, 7-5, on Saturday at Marlins Park. Meanwhile, Canada lost to the Dominican Republic, 9-2, on Thursday and fell to Colombia, 4-1, on Saturday.

Video: USA@DOM: Stanton smokes an RBI double to left-center

Win and in for Dominicans: Dominican Republic @ Colombia, 12:30 p.m., MLB Network and MLB.TV
The simplest way for the Dominican Republic to advance is to beat Colombia this afternoon at Marlins Park and win Pool C. The Dominican Republic would also advance if Team USA loses to Canada.

Colombia wins Pool C if it beats the Dominican Republic and Canada defeats Team USA. Colombia is eliminated with a loss, coupled with a win by the Americans.

There are other scenarios that could see either team end up in a tiebreaker.

Right-hander Nabil Crismatt starts for Colombia. The Dominican Republic has not named its starting pitcher.

Video: Machado discusses D.R.'s comeback victory vs. USA

Lindor looks to lead Puerto Rico: Italy @ Puerto Rico, 3:30 p.m., MLB Network and MLB.TV
Puerto Rico would win Pool D outright with a victory over Italy this afternoon at Estadio Charros de Jalisco in Guadalajara, Mexico. Puerto Rico would also advance if Mexico defeats Venezuela.

The only way for Italy to win Pool D outright today is to defeat Puerto Rico and for Mexico to beat Venezuela.

There are other scenarios for either or both teams to be involved in tiebreakers. Neither team has announced its starting pitcher.

Puerto Rico is red-hot, having beaten Venezuela by mercy rule and defeating Mexico, 9-4, on Saturday thanks in large part to a pair of homers by Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor.

Italy lost to Venezuela, 11-10, in 10 innings on Saturday after rallying to beat Mexico, 10-9, with five runs in the ninth inning on Thursday.

Video: PUR@MEX: Lindor rips two home runs vs. Team Mexico

Venezuela looks to stay alive: Mexico @ Venezuela, 10 p.m., MLB Network and MLB.TV
Venezuela can advance as the Pool D runner-up with a win over Mexico and a victory by Puerto Rico over Italy. Mexico needs a win and a lot of help to force a potential tiebreaker scenario.

The only way for Venezuela to be eliminated today is a loss to Mexico, coupled with a victory by Italy over Puerto Rico.

Angels right-hander Yusmeiro Petit starts for Venezuela. Mexico has not announced its starting pitcher. Venezuela will be without Royals catcher Salvador Perez, who is out for the rest of WBC '17 because of a left knee injury sustained in Friday's 11-10 win over Italy.

Video: VEN@ITA: Italy ties game in 9th, K-Rod and Perez hurt

Second round matchup: Japan @ Netherlands, 6 a.m., MLB Network and MLB.TV
The Netherlands draws Japan at the Tokyo Dome as both teams look to start off play in Pool E with a much-needed victory. Japan went 3-0 to win Pool B, beating Cuba, Australia and China. The Netherlands finished second in Pool A, beating Korea and Chinese Taipei and losing to pool-winner Israel.

Netherlands manager Hensley Muelens said he believes Japan is the best team in Pool E. Japan won the first two Classics, in 2006 and '09.

"They are the favorite, and we know that, and we are going to have to play really well against them to beat them," Muelens said.

Ayumu Ishikawa starts for Japan. The right-hander earned the win in Japan's first game of WBC '17, pitching four innings of one-run ball against Cuba.

Rick Van Den Hurk gets the ball for the Netherlands. The 6-foot-5 right-hander also earned the win in his team's first game of WBC '17, firing four shutout innings against Korea.

Video: CHN@JPN: Kokubo, Tsutsugoh on winning Pool B

Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com.