Sydney to host 4-team 2017 World Baseball Classic qualifier

SYDNEY (AP) — A qualifying tournament with teams from Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines and South Africa will be held in February for the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

Baseball Australia said Friday that the six-game tournament will be held from Feb. 11-14 at Blacktown in western Sydney, with the winner qualifying for the 2017 Classic.

A host city or country for the 2017 tournament has not been determined, but it is expected to include 16 teams.

Australia finished last in its pool in 2013, forcing it to re-qualify for 2017.

Twelve teams have already qualified, including defending champions Dominican Republic, Canada, China, Cuba, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Puerto Rico, South Korea, Taiwan, the United States and Venezuela.

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