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United States vs. Dominican Republic WBC Open Thread

U.S. faces its biggest test

World Baseball Classic - Pool C - Game 1 - Canada v Dominican Republic Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

The United States barely got past Colombia last night 3-2 in extra innings despite a terrific performance from Jose Quintana. But they’ll face a much tougher task tonight, as they take on the Dominican team at 5:30 CT on MLB Network. While the Colombian featured mostly minor leaguers with little big league experience, the Dominican team is full of Major League All-Stars like Nelson Cruz, Robinson Cano, and Jose Bautista.

The Dominicans won their opener against Canada 9-2 and are likely to start former Royals pitcher Edinson Volquez tonight. Marcus Stroman goes for the Americans, followed by Tanner Roark. The game is a matchup of the top two teams from Pool C and is expected to break an attendance record at Marlins Park.

Eric Hosmer is back in the starting lineup tonight.