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USA vs. Japan 2017, World Baseball Classic live stream: Time, TV schedule, and how to watch online

Winner of the penultimate game of the World Baseball Classic earns a spot in Wednesday’s championship game.

World Baseball Classic - Pool F - Game 6 - United States v Dominican Republic Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images

Update: The United States defeated Japan, 2-1, and will face Puerto Rico in the WBC championship game.

The United States will play its first World Baseball Classic semifinal game in eight years on Tuesday night, battling regular tournament power Japan at Dodger Stadium.

Tuesday’s semifinal will be televised by MLB Network at 9 p.m. ET, with Matt Vasgersian calling the play-by-play alongside analyst John Smoltz, with reporter Jon Morosi delivering the goods from both dugouts. Online streaming is available through MLB Network, with adequate television provider authentication.

This is the second time in four WBC tournaments that the United States has reached the final four. The last time was in 2009, when Team USA lost to eventual tournament champion Japan.

Japan has reached the semifinals of all four World Baseball Classics, the only team to do so, winning the championship in both 2006 and 2009. This year, even without international sensation and two-way star Shohei Otani — nursing an ankle injury — Japan is undefeated through two rounds, winning all six games in Tokyo.

The United States will send Washington Nationals pitcher Tanner Roark to the mound on Tuesday night. Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Chris Archer, who pitched four perfect innings in the first round but left to rejoin the Rays last week, was originally planning to rejoin Team USA to potentially pitch one of the final two games, but received word on Sunday morning that would no longer be the case.

Starting pitching has been the hallmark of Team USA in this tournament, with Archer, Roark, Drew Smyly, and Marcus Stroman combining for a 1.73 ERA with 25 strikeouts and just two walks in 26 innings.

That pitching will have to contend with a power Japanese lineup that has scored 46 runs in six games. Outfielder Yoshitomo Tsutsugoh — 8-for-22 (.364) — and first baseman Sho Nakata — 5-for-17 (.294) — both have hit three home runs and driven in eight in the tournament, and Tsutsugoh was named MVP of Pool B in the first round.

Tuesday night’s winner earns a spot in Wednesday night’s championship game, also at Dodger Stadium, and will take on Puerto Rico, who defeated the Netherlands with a walk-off on Monday.

ESPN Deportes will televise Tuesday’s game in Spanish, which will also be streamed online at WatchESPN.

Japan vs. United States info

When: 9 p.m. ET

Where: Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles

What: World Baseball Classic semifinals

TV: MLB Network, ESPN Deportes (Spanish)

Online: MLB Network, (subscription), WatchESPN (Spanish)