Thirty-one months after suffering a career-threatening concussion, Corey Koskie returned to baseball Tuesday. At his side were 27 of his fellow countrymen on the roster of Canada's 2009 World Baseball Classic team.
Canada Day came early, as Scott Richmond allowed two runs for Team Canada on Tuesday vs. his Jays 'mates. The national club prevailed over Toronto, 6-4.
The Canadians are hoping to make up for a disappointing showing in the 2006 World Baseball Classic, though they're in a tough pool with the U.S. and Venezuela.
On Sunday, all six Classic-bound players from the Red Sox left Spring Training and reported to their respective camps. Dustin Pedroia is already revved up to take the field against Jason Bay and Canada in a game that means something.
Twenty-eight-year-old Vince Perkins, two years removed from Tommy John surgery, will leave Cubs camp on Sunday to join Team Canada for the World Baseball Classic and take his shot at turning some heads and, in turn, revive his career.
After opting not to pitch for Team Canada as a starter in the World Baseball Classic, Mariners 2007 first-round pick Phillippe Aumont has decided to participate in a relief role.
Brewers prospect Brett Lawrie is unsure if he will take part in the World Baseball Classic for Team Canada this year, although he certainly would like to.
Following his head instead of his heart, Eric Gagne reluctantly pulled out of the World Baseball Classic on Thursday to focus on winning a job in the Brewers bullpen.
With at least three Brewers big leaguers set to depart big league camp in early March to prepare for the second installment of the World Baseball CLassic, Eric Gagne and fellow pitcher Yovani Gallardo remained unsure Wednesday about their availability for the tournament.
Team Canada has a lineup that features several imposing hitters, and Jason Bay is perhaps the finest. The left fielder understands the importance of international stages, like March's World Baseball Classic, for promoting baseball in Canada.