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Former Red Sox Axford and Leroux Named to Canadian National Team

February 9, 2017 - Intercounty Baseball League (ICBL) - Brantford Red Sox News Release

Brantford, ON - The Brantford Red Sox, 15-time Intercounty Baseball League (IBL) Champions are pleased to announce that former Red Sox John Axford and Chris Leroux have been selected to join the Canadian National Team for the World Baseball Classic in March.

Axford, who suited up for the Red Sox in 2006 has been a mainstay in the MLB with such teams as Milwaukee, St. Louis, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Colorado and now the Oakland Athletics. It's the second time that the veteran right-hander has represented his country in the tournament. Axford registered a 3.97 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 60/30 K/BB ratio across 65 2/3 innings in his first season with the A's in 2016.

Leroux, spent time with the Red Sox in 2003, playing in 17 games he was credited with 50 at-bats and stroked 12 hits for a .240 average. He also scored five runs and knocked in 12. Drafted by the Florida Marlins in the 7th round of the 2005 amateur draft, Chris has pitched for three MLB clubs including Florida, Pittsburgh and New York. Leroux spent his 2016 season with the Buffalo Bisons (Toronto Blue Jays AAA Affiliate) where he recorded a 8-11 record with a 4.87 ERA.

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