The United States vs. Dominican Republic game March 11 in the World Baseball Classic at Marlins Park has sold out, the Marlins announced Thursday.
Five players from the Marlins 40-man roster will take a break from spring training in Jupiter to compete in the WBC. Outfielders Giancarlo Stanton and Christian Yelich and catcher A.J. Ellis are on the Team USA roster; pitcher Edinson Volquez is playing for the Dominican, and third baseman Martin Prado will represent Venezuela.
Marlins Park is hosting six Pool C games March 9-12 in a four-nation group also including Colombia and Canada. More than 130,000 tickets have been sold, although tickets remain available for the other five games via Marlins.com/WBC.
Sixteen national teams including dozens of major-leaguers are competing, with the other three pools being played in Seoul, Tokyo and Jalisco, Mexico. Four finalists will play for the championship March 20-22 at Dodger Stadium. The U.S. seeks ts first championship. Previous WBCs have been won by Japan in 2006 and 2009 and by the Dominican Repuiblic in 2013.