Cuba is looking to bounce back from a 4-2 loss to the Netherlands in its first game, while Italy is playing its first game of the tournament.
The 20 teams in the tournament have been divided into four pools of five teams for the first round, with each team playing the others in its pool once.
The teams with the two best records in each pool at the end of this round will advance to the knockout stage.
Cuba and Italy are part of Pool A with the Netherlands, Chinese Taipei, and Panama.
This is the first World Baseball Classic matchup between Italy and Cuba. Italy’s team features experienced pitcher Matt Harvey, who joined the team despite not having pitched in the big leagues since 2021 due to injuries.
Italy’s star player is first baseman Vinnie Pasquantino, who had a breakthrough season with the Royals in 2022.
Cuba’s roster features solid pitcher Roenis Elías, who will be starting the game against Italy.
Center fielder Luis Robert Jr. is the best hitter on Cuba’s team but struggled against the Netherlands in the first game.