Three Brewers picked for Team Canada

Doug Melvin’s Brewers are Major League Baseball’s most Canadian club this side of Toronto, so it came as no surprise Saturday when three Milwaukee players were included on a provisional Canadian roster for the upcoming World Baseball Classic.

Relievers John Axford and Jim Henderson (listed as “Jimmy” on a roster Tweeted by Baseball Canada) and infielder Taylor Green were among 23 players on a list submitted by Baseball Canada to World Baseball Classic, Inc., which is expected to officially announce rosters for the event on Thursday evening on MLB Network.

The three Brewers are among 12 players who appeared in Major League Baseball in 2012 — others include Justin Morneau of the Twins, Russell Martin of the Pirates, Jesse Crain of the White Sox, Michael Saunders of the Mariners and Brett Lawrie of the Blue Jays. Lawrie, the former Brewers prospect traded to Toronto in December 2010, also played in the WBC in 2009.

Canada will play a pair of exhibitions in Arizona to warm-up for the WBC, including a March 5 game at Maryvale Baseball Park against the Brewers. The Canadians then open the WBC against Italy on March 8.

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