It’s Puerto Rico vs. Mexico in quarterfinals clash (7 p.m. ET, FS1)

Puerto Rico looks to continue its pursuit to the World Baseball Classic championship round for a third straight tournament as it faces Mexico in the 2023 quarterfinals on Friday.

Mexico, the Pool C winner, will be the home team for the winner-take-all matchup against Puerto Rico, the Pool D runner-up, at loanDepot park in Miami.

Puerto Rico is coming off an emotional win over the Dominican Republic on Wednesday in which they clinched a spot in the quarterfinals, only to lose star closer Edwin Díaz when he suffered a torn patellar tendon in his right knee during the postgame celebration. Mexico took Pool C over the United States thanks to their head-to-head victory vs. Team USA, and the team will send ace Julio Urías to the mound for the quarterfinal game.

Japan awaits the Puerto Rico-Mexico winner in the WBC semifinals.

Here’s what you need to know about Friday’s matchup:

When and where: 7 p.m. ET on Friday at loanDepot park in Miami.

How you can watch: The Puerto Rico-Mexico quarterfinal will be live on FS1 and can be streamed online in the FOX Sports App. For international viewing options, click here.

How you can listen: Live audio coverage of all games will be carried on Sirius XM, TuneIn, MLB.com and in the MLB App.

What’s at stake: A berth in the WBC ’23 semifinals and a showdown with Samurai Japan. Every game at the World Baseball Classic is now single elimination, so it’s win or go home. Puerto Rico made it to the finals vs. Team USA in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, finishing as the tournament runner-up. This is Mexico’s first time advancing past the first round since the 2009 Classic — and they’ve never made it to the championship round.

Matchup history: Puerto Rico and Mexico have only faced off once in the World Baseball Classic, in 2017. Puerto Rico defeated Mexico, 9-4, in pool play. Francisco Lindor homered twice in the win, and Javier Báez went deep as well. Both are back on Team Puerto Rico in 2023.

Randy Arozarena, LF, Mexico: Arozarena is having a monster tournament. He posted a .500/.632/1.071 slash line with a 1.703 OPS during pool play, going 7-for-14 with a home run, five doubles and nine RBIs.

Francisco Lindor, SS, Puerto Rico: Lindor led the way for Puerto Rico in pool play, batting .467 (7-for-15) with a triple. He was a difference-maker in the win over the Dominican Republic, and he has the WBC track record vs. Mexico with the pair of homers he hit in the 2017 matchup.

 

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