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Pool A projected lineups, rotations

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Four national baseball squads will converge in Tokyo this weekend to begin play of the inaugural World Baseball Classic. The top two teams in Pool A will advance to the second round, which will be held March 12-16 in Anaheim.

Among the players set to take the field are as many as 10 Major Leaguers, including perennial All-Star Ichiro Suzuki, who will be representing his native Japan.

Below, projected lineups and likely starters for Pool A:

China
Lineup: Sun Lingfeng CF, Liu Guangbiao 2B, Yang Guogang DH, Zhang Yufeng SS, Zhang Hongbo RF, Chen Zhe 1B, Yang Shuo LF, Feng Yi C, Pan Wenbin 3B

Starters: Li Chenhoa, Chen Kun and Nan Wan

Chinese Taipei
Lineup: Chun-Chang Yeh C, Tai-Shan Chang DH, Chia-Hsien Hsieh 1B, Chin-Feng Chen LF, Cheng-Min Peng CF, Lung-Yi Huang RF, Ching-Lung Hu SS, Yung-Chi Chen 3B, Sen Yang 2B

Starters: Ying-Chieh Lin, Wei-Lun Pan and En-Yu Lin

Japan
Lineup: Ichiro Suzuki RF, Munenori Kawasaki SS, Norichika Aoki CF, Nobuhiko Matsunaka DH, Takahiro Arai 1B, Akinori Iwamura 3B, Kazuhiro Wada LF, Ryoji Aikawa C, Tsuyoshi Nishioka 2B

Starters: Koji Uehara, Daisuke Matsuzaka and Shunsuke Watanabe

Korea
Lineup: Yong-Taik Park CF, Jong-Kook Kim 2B, Byung-Kyu Lee RF, Seung-Yeop Lee 1B, Hee-Seop Choi DH, Dong-Joo Kim 3B, Shin-Soo Choo LF, Kab-Yong Jin C, Jin-Man Park SS

Starters: Jae-Weong Seo, Chan-Ho Park and Sun-Woo Kim

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