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World Baseball Classic: Dodgers to play exhibition vs. Japan before championship round

Sunday game at 1:05 p.m. at Camelback Ranch

World Baseball Classic - Pool E- Game 6 - Israel v Japan Photo by Matt Roberts/Getty Images

PHOENIX — The Dodgers on Wednesday made official their exhibition opponent on Sunday, playing Japan at Camelback Ranch in advance of the championship round next week at Dodger Stadium.

Japan is 6-0 so far in the 2017 World Baseball Classic and as winners of Pool E in Tokyo will play their semifinal matchup on Tuesday in Los Angeles, against the runner-up from Pool F, still to be decided this week at Petco Park in San Diego.

Netherlands also advanced from Pool E, and will play their semifinal game on Monday against the Pool F winner at Dodger Stadium. Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen said on Wednesday morning that he would join Netherlands for the championship round.

Japan is the only team to make the semifinals in all four World Baseball Classics, including winning the championship in both 2006 and 2009. They are 23-7 all time in the WBC.

The Dodgers will take on Japan on Sunday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. at Camelback Ranch. The game will not be televised.

Upcoming schedule

  • Sunday: Dodgers vs. Japan, Camelback Ranch, 1:05 p.m.
  • Monday: Netherlands vs. Pool F winner, Dodger Stadium, 6 p.m. (MLB Network)
  • Tuesday: Japan vs. Pool F runner-up, Dodger Stadium, 6 p.m. (MLB Network)
  • Wednesday: WBC championship game, Dodger Stadium, 6 p.m. (MLB Network)