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Individual Tickets for Opening Round of the World Baseball Classic On Sale January 19

OTTAWA – On Monday, January 19, baseball fans will be able to purchase single game tickets to the opening round of the World Baseball Classic games hosted at the Rogers Centre in Toronto.  Single game tickets will be available for purchase online at and

The first pitch of the World Baseball Classic tournament in Toronto is on March 7, 2009 when Team Canada takes on Team USA.  Teams from around the world will be competing from March 5 – 23 with six round-one games being played at Toronto’s Rogers Centre featuring teams from Canada, Italy, United States and Venezuela. 

Media credential applications for the North American portion of the 2009 World Baseball Classic are available online today at All applications must be submitted online by Friday, February 20th. Applications will not be accepted after the deadline.

About the World Baseball Classic:

The World Baseball Classic is the premier international baseball tournament, sanctioned by the International Baseball Federation, and features the best players in the world competing for their home countries and territories.  In March 2006, 486 players (235 of them from MLB organizations) representing 16 teams from across the globe competed in the inaugural event.  The upcoming World Baseball Classic will be played from March 5 - 23 and will again feature 16 of the greatest baseball-playing nations in the world.  The tournament will be held every four years thereafter, with plans in place to expand the participant field beginning in 2013.