Follow all the Classic action with free app

Follow all the Classic action with free app

While you're readying for tonight's final between Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic in San Francisco, it's a good time to make sure you have the free World Baseball Classic app locked and loaded on your mobile desktop.

If you are among the millions who are again shattering usage records with the MLB.com At Bat 13 app, the Classic app is a natural companion. Just ask the many fans from Tokyo to Miami who are using it to absorb every moment of the tournament, which will reach its pinnacle with Tuesday's championship game in San Francisco.

You can access it through your At Bat app and download it, or go to the iTunes App Store and add it for your iPhone or iPad. The app is available only on iOS devices.

The World Baseball Classic app is powered by Major League Baseball Advanced Media, the industry-leading mobile app developer of At Bat, the top-grossing sports app of all time. You can join those World Baseball Classic app users who are continuing to get live coverage of every game in the tournament with Gameday pitch-by-pitch tracking as well as mobile access to scores, schedules, statistics, video highlights, news and analysis from MLB.com reporters.

The app is also making live and on-demand telecasts of all 39 games available on an authenticated basis to Bright House Networks, DirecTV and Time Warner Cable subscribers who receive MLB Network as part of their TV subscriptions. MLB Network is the exclusive English-language telecast partner of the 2013 and 2017 World Baseball Classic in the U.S.

The World Baseball Classic, sanctioned by the International Baseball Federation (IBAF), will for the first time in 2013 be recognized as the official national-team world championship, with the winner being crowned the 2013 World Baseball Classic champion and the IBAF world champion.

The desktop takeover on your mobile device continues as fans have a robust array of apps to follow the national pastime in 2013.

The chief yearlong companion is MLB.com At Bat 13, which debuted a new suite of features for the start of Spring Training, including portability of live audio across mobile devices and PC/Mac and universal access across iPhone, iPad, Android smartphones and tablets and Kindle Fire. Fans may subscribe to MLB.com At Bat 13 for the annual fee of $19.99, covering the entire season through the World Series. iOS users may pay $2.99/month with the recurring billing offering.

In addition to the World Baseball Classic, you can use your At Bat app to watch more than 200 available live games in the Cactus and Grapefruit Leagues. The complete Spring Training schedule of games available via MLB.TV Premium and At Bat can be found at MLB.com. Live video of Spring Training games is not subject to blackout restrictions.

Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com. Read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com community blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.