The familiar foes will come together again. On Thursday, Korea will take on Japan to determine the top seed from Pool 1 for the semifinals this weekend in Los Angeles.
There was little doubt that the Koreans came to play on Tuesday night, beating Japan, 4-1, to secure a spot in the World Baseball Classic semifinals.
In the U.S., the biggest baseball rivalry is Yankees-Red Sox. Around the rest of the world, it could be Korea-Japan.
Team Japan needs one more win to move on to the semifinals of the double-elimination World Baseball Classic this weekend at Dodger Stadium.
The Koreans turned PETCO Park into a launching pad on Sunday night, hitting three solo homers into the left-field bleachers on their way to an 8-2 victory over Mexico.
Top seeds from Round 1 cross over in the opening games of Round 2, with Korea facing Mexico in the 11 p.m. ET night cap of Sunday's Pool 1 day-night doubleheader at San Diego's PETCO Park.
Japan, Cuba and Korea are alive and well heading to Sunday's opener of Pool 1 at PETCO Park in San Diego, and they're joined by a slugging Mexico team that had its ups and downs in Round 1 but still survived with a very talented roster intact.
Wonsam Jang pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings Thursday, but Team Korea fell to the Dodgers, 4-2.
Team Korea was well received by fans in Peoria, Ariz., but the Padres dominated the action in the exhibition game on Wednesday night.