Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada' Leroux, Hill and Mathieson Starting Pitchers at World Baseball Classic

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada' Leroux, Hill and Mathieson Starting Pitchers at World Baseball Classic

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Leroux, Hill, Mathieson to start for Canada

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TORONTO - Canada has named its three starting pitchers for the first round of the World Baseball Classic.

Baseball Canada's Greg Hamilton says Chris Leroux, Shawn Hill and Scott Mathieson will take the mound next week against Italy, Mexico and the United States.

Canada, which opens the WBC against Italy on March 8 in Arizona, before facing Mexico on March 9 and the United States on March 10, has yet to decide which teams the starters will pitch against.

"We're still fleshing that out right now. We've got some different thoughts but we still haven't said or determined definitively who's starting which games," said Hamilton.

"We've talked to the various pitchers about what our thoughts are and make sure everybody stays healthy here through camps before we kind of put a seal of approval on what we're thinking of doing."

Leroux, a 28-year-old Montreal native, is coming off an injury-shortened season as a reliever with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He has shown he can work out of the rotation and made seven starts for triple-A Indianapolis last season.

Leroux, a six-foot-six, 225-pound right hander, has a 5.48 earned-run average in 61 appearances since making his major-league debut in 2009 with the Florida Marlins. …

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