Puerto Rico vs. Japan Score, Play-by-Play and Live Updates of World Baseball Classic Semfiinals Game

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Mar 17, 2013 08:42 PM EDT
World Baseball Classic 2013 Score Puerto Rico Japan
Japan pitchers Masahiro Tanaka (L) and Kenta Maeda warm up during practice for the World Baseball Classic in San Francisco, California, March 16, 2013. "

This one is for everybody who can't watch the live stream of Puerto Rico versus Japan. Follow the score with live updates as the World Baseball Classic brings Gameday of the semifinals matchup. Before, let's look at the Puerto Rico vs. Japan matchup. 

The Puerto Ricans are coming off a loss against the Dominican Republic where they lost 2-0, which is why they are facing Japan in the semifinals today. They eliminated the United States from competition and now, will look to upset another World Baseball Classic powerhouse as they face Japan. 

The Japanese haven't played in a while, but they went undefeated in their Pool 1 second round after absolutely destroying the Netherlands in two matchups. The last they the Japanese played was Tuesday earlier in the week. They defeated the Dutch, 10-6 to win Pool 1. It will be interesting to see if they can win again following their five-days of non World Baseball Classic action. 

The Japanese are the two-time World Baseball Classic and suddenly, they are looking like the New York Yankees of the competition. They play small ball, while, at the same time, having the ability to hit home runs, like Shinnosuke Abe, who is regarded as the Japanese Alex Rdoriguez, not just for his power, but for his superstardom in general. 

Puerto Rico has the best catch in the game as Yadier Molina sits behind the play. The Japanese might have some trouble running, but it will be interesting to see if they dare run on Molina's arm. 

Click here for the game day where you will be allowed to see the following:

Batting lineups, stats, pitch speed and location, pitchers on the mound and defense, batters on deck and hole, outs, pitch count and scoreboard. 

Both teams are currently being announced as the opening ceremonies are taking off. 

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