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World Baseball Classic: Ranking the Favorites to Qualify for the First Round
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Qualifying games for the World Baseball Classic are well underway, with teams trying to punch their ticket to the round robin stage.

There are four qualifying pools consisting of countries that either failed to win a game in 2009 or failed to qualify for the tournament entirely.

Two teams have already advanced from the qualifying stage.

Spain’s stunning 9-7, extra-inning victory over Israel in the last qualifying game of the stage on Sept. 23 secured the Spaniards a spot in the round robin stage.

Canada also advanced from their qualifier group, winning all three of their games. They outscored their opponents 38-9 and should be an extremely dangerous team come March.

Two spots remain up for grabs with eight teams left.

Qualifier groups three and four are set to begin play on Wednesday.

Here are the rankings for the remaining teams left in the qualifying stage:

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