USA Baseball will play for the gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The Americans will square off with Japan, the only team to beat them so far, on Saturday for gold. Team USA is looking for its second gold medal in baseball, and the country's first since 2000.
The Olympic baseball competition kicked off July 27 with the group stage involving two groups of three teams each. Within those groups, each team will play a round-robin schedule -- i.e., each team in a group plays each of the other two teams in that same group for a total of six games across both groups. Teams are then ranked based on the results of the group stage, and then the knockout stage begins.
In the knockout stage, teams play under a double-elimination format. The top two seeds from the group stage in essence get a "bye" to the one quarterfinal. Meantime, the two seeds and three seeds will play each other, and the winners of those two games will advance to the other quarterfinal. The losers of those games will go to the loser's bracket and remain in the running for a spot in the semifinals. The winner of each quarterfinal goes to one semifinal, while the other semifinal is populated by the two teams emerging from the loser's bracket.
The winner of each quarterfinal meets in the first semifinal game, and the winner of that contest advances to the gold medal game, The loser will be placed in the second semifinal and face a team advancing from the loser's bracket. The winner of that game will advance to the gold medal game, while the loser will play for the bronze medal.
For further clarity, here's a visual explainer of the format above and the full standings and schedule below. Games on NBC, NBCSN, CNBC, USA and the Olympic Channel can be streamed via fuboTV (Try for free).
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Standings: Group stage
Group stage schedule
(All times U.S./Eastern)
Tuesday, July 27
Group A: Japan 4, Dominican Republic 3
Thursday, July 29
Group B: South Korea 6, Israel 5
Group A: Dominican Republic 1, Mexico 0
Friday, July 30
Group B: United States 8, Israel 1
Group A: Japan 7, Mexico 4
Saturday, July 31
Group B: United States 4, South Korea 2
Saturday, July 31
Israel 12, Mexico 5 (Mexico eliminated)
Sunday, Aug. 1
South Korea 4, Dominican Republic 3
South Korea 11, Israel 1
Monday, Aug. 2
Japan 7, United States 6 (10 innings)
Tuesday, Aug. 3
Dominican Republic 7, Israel 6 (Israel eliminated)
United States 3, Dominican Republic 1
Wednesday, Aug. 4
Japan 5, South Korea 2
Thursday, Aug. 5
United States 7, South Korea 2
Bronze Medal Game
Friday, Aug. 6
Dominican Republic vs. South Korea, 11 p.m.
Gold Medal Game
Saturday, Aug. 7
Japan vs. United States, 6 a.m.