Our 12th annual Canada Day lineup

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By Bob Elliott

Two things are certain on Canada Day:

Fireworks and right-hander Ryan Dempster getting the ball for our 12th annual Canada Day, Team Canada lineup.

This is Dempster sixth year as either the best Canuck starter or closer. He was also given the ball to start in 2011, 2010, 2002 and on our inaugural team in 2001. Plus, he was the closer in 2006 and 2007.

The Gibsons, B.C. native was in the rotation behind lefty Erik Bedard in 2009, behind Rich Harden in 2008 and 2004, behind Chris Reitsma in 2003, as well as being in the bullpen in 2005.

So, he’s a perfect 12-for-12.

It’s a claim no other Canadian can make.

When this all began it was a ‘wouldn’t-it-be-wonderful’ Team Canada concept way back in 2001.

With the arrival of the World Baseball Classic in 2006, it’s a legitimate argument: who plays first? Do you start Dempster or go with youth? Who is in the outfield?

Of course, everyone is available -- our Hall of Famer Fergie Jenkins made the ruling at the end of June, as he did a year ago.

And everyone is available, healthy as a thoroughbred, for on Canada Day it is a perfect day to be Canadian.

Dr. Ron Taylor and his staff has everyone in the best shape of their careers.

A total of 19 Canadians have appeared on major-league rosters. That’s an improvement from 2001 when five of the starting nine were minor leaguers And 101 have appeared in the minors, 35 in independent leagues, another seven in foreign lands and 700 in college ball south of the border.

Who will put runs on the board for Dempster in this annual Canada Day look at our best?

Leading off will be Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie of Langley, B.C. Manager Ernie Whitt, from the Windsor suburb of Clinton Township, Mich. will give Lawrie strict orders NOT to steal third base or home with the No. 3 hitter up.

Batting second will be Montreal catcher Russell Martin of the New York Yankees. He’ll find that the bat does not leave the Rogers Centre as quickly as it does the new Yankee Stadium.

In the third spot is former MVP winner Joey Votto, in the running to repeat with the Cincinnati Reds. Albert Pujols signed a set-for-life contract with the Los Angeles Angels and didn’t hit his first home run until the Angels 28th game. Votto signed the largest contract by a Canadian athlete and has flourished. On May 15 Votto owned a 1.036 OPS. Pujols was .536.

Hitting clean-up is DH Justin Morneau of New Westminster, B.C. and the Minnesota Twins. Morneau appears to have overcome his concussion-like symptoms. He’s already doubled last year’s home run total.

Batting fifth and playing centre is Michael Saunders of Victoria, B.C. from the Seattle Mariners. It took time for Saunders to find his sea legs with the Mariners, but the Victoria, B.C. native is the every day centre fielder, Canada’s first since we began this poll.

Hitting sixth and back from his second concussion is Jason Bay of Trail, B.C. and the New York Mets. Bay may not have enjoyed bounces off the Green Monster at Fenway Park, but the left field corner at Citi Field and Dodger Stadium are even more cruel.

In the No. 7 spot playing second is Taylor Green of Comox, B.C. The Milwaukee Brewers back-up infielder has made five starts at third and one at second this season, but is comfortable at either.

Batting eighth is right fielder Adam Loewen of Surrey, B.C., at triple-A Buffalo. Loewen made the transformation from the mound to the batter’s box hitting a homer last September for the Jays against his former team the Baltimore Orioles.

Hitting ninth and playing short is Newmarket’s Peter Orr, who spent most of the first half with the Philadelphia Phillies before being demoted to triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Pitching coach Denis Boucher of Lachine, Que., will also have Pittsburgh Pirates lefty Erik Bedard of Navan, Ont., Guelph lefty Scott Diamond, of the Twins, Jeff Francis of North Delta, B.C., of the Colorado Rockies and  North Vancouver’s Scott Richmond of the Jays;

The relievers will be Toronto’s Jesse Crain of the White Sox; North Vancouver’s Blake Hawksworth of the Dodgers; Aldergrove B.C.’s Scott Mathieson of the Yomiuri Giants, Pirates farmhand Chris Leroux of Mississauga, Gatineau’s Phillippe Aumont, of the Philadelphia Phillies; Regina’s Dustin Molleken of triple-A Colorado Springs and Calgary’s James Henderson, at triple-A Nashville;

With the lead in hand, Port Dover’s John Axford of the Brewers will close.

On the bench are catchers George Kottaras from Markham with the Brewers, Vancouver’s Mike Nickeas of the New York Mets and Luke Carlin of Aylmer, Que. formerly with the Cleveland Indians. The infielders are Mark Teahen, whose father is from St. Marys, Ont. of triple-A Syracuse (Nationals), Skyler Stromsmoe of Etzikom, Alta. from triple-A Fresno (Giants) and Laval’s Jonathan Malo with the Quebec Capitales.

Back-up outfielders are Rene Tosoni, Coquitlam, B.C. from the Twins system and London’s Jamie Romak, at triple-A Memphis (Cardinals). One other thing, like the 2006 WBC when Canada beat Team USA ... the Canucks are undefeated on July 1.

And a Happy Canada Day to you too.



Canada Day lineups of yesteryear


1. 3B Brett Lawrie (Langley, BC), Jays, .354 15 homers, 59 RBIs 1.092 OPS at triple-A Vegas.

2. C Russell Martin (Montral, Que.), .229, 10, 23, .726, New York Yankees

3. 1B Joey Votto (Etobicoke, Ont.) .316, 11, 50, .944 Cincinnati Reds

4. DH Justin Morneau (New Westminister, BC) .225, four, 21, .619. Minnesota Twins.

5. LF Jason Bay (Trail, BC) .234, four, 20 .634, New York Mets

6. 2B Mark Teahen (St. Marys, Ont.) zero, 11, .208, .633,  Chicago White Sox

7. CF Mike Saunders (Victoria, BC) three, 18, .290, triple-A Tacoma, Seattle Mariners.

8. RF Rene Tosoni (Coquitlam, BC) seven, 30, .251, triple-A Rochester, Twins

9. SS Cale Iorg (Toronto, Ont.) four, 13, .213, .586 at triple-A Toledo.



RHP Ryan Dempster (Gibsons, BC) 5-6, 5.31, Chicago Cubs.

LHP Erik Bedard (Navan, Ont.) 4-6, 3.00 Seattle Mariners.

LHP Jeff Francis (North Delta, BC) 3-9, 4.79 Kansas City Royals.

RHP Rich Harden (Victoria, BC) 0-0, 3.52 triple-A Sacramento, Oakland A’s.

LHP Scott Diamond (Guelph, Ont.) 4-7, 5.14, Rochester, Twins.



Jesse Crain (Toronto, Ont.) 5-2, 2.41, one save White Sox.

Blake Hawksworth (North Vancouver, BC) 2-2, 3.00 Los Angeles Dodgers.

Scott Mathieson (Langley, BC) triple-A Lehigh Valley, Phillies.

Trystan Magnuson (Vancouver, BC) triple-A Sacramento, A’s.

Chris Leroux (Mississauga, Ont.) triple-A Indianapolis, Pirates

Phillippe Aumont (Gatineau, Que.) double-A Reading, Phillies.



John Axford (Port Dover, Ont.) 2-2, 2.83, 22 saves, Brewers.



Matt Stairs (Fredericton, N.B.) .143, 0, 2, Washington Senators.

George Kottaras (Markham, Ont.) .234, 2, 8 Brewers

Mike Nickeas (Vancouver, BC) .250, 1, 3 New York Mets.

Peter Orr (Newmarket, Ont.) .230, 0, 3 Phillies.

Adam Loewen (Surrey, BC) triple-A Vegas, Jays

Jonathan Malo (Laval, Que.) triple-A Buffalo, Mets

Scott Thorman (Cambridge, Ont.) triple-A Toledo Tigers.




1. C Russell Martin (Montreal, Que.) .244, four homers and 17 RBIs, Los Angeles Dodgers.

2. 3B Mark Teahen (St. Marys, Ont.) .255, three, 14 whose father’s roots go to St. Marys, Ont., Chicago White Sox.

3. 1B Justin Morneau (New Westminster, BC) .347, 15, 49, Minnesota Twins.

4. DH Joey Votto (Etobicoke, Ont.) .313, 17, 54) Cincinnati Reds..

5. CF Jason Bay (Trail, BC) .277, six, 35) New York Mets.

6. RF Mike Saunders (Victoria, BC) .206, five, 17, Seattle Mariners.

7. LF Nick Weglarz (Stevensville, Ont.) .263, eight, 39, triple-A Columbus, double-A Akron in the Cleveland Indians system.

8. 2B Brett Lawrie (Langley, BC) .302, six, 41 double-A Huntsville, Brewers.

9. SS Cale Iorg (Toronto, Ont.) .199, five, 21 double-A Erie, Tigers



Ryan Dempster (Gibsons, BC) 6-6, 3.58, Cubs.

Rich Harden (Victoria, BC) 3-3, 5.68, Rangers

Jeff Francis (North Delta, BC) 2-2, 3.53, Colorado Rockies.

Erik Bedard (Navan, Ont.) rookie-class Arizona League M’s.



Blake Hawksworth (North Vancouver, BC), 2-4, 5.11, Cardinals.

Chris Leroux (Mississauga, Ont.) 0-0, 6.60, Marlins.

Scott Mathieson (Langley BC) 27.00 in one outing with the Phillies, 3-2, 2.41, triple-A Lehigh Valley

Ryan Braun (Kitchener, Ont.) 0-2, 2.16, 10 saves triple-A Charlotte, White Sox.

Philippe Alexandre Valiquette (St. Laurent, Que.)2-1, 4.24, four saves atriple-A Louisville, double-A Carolina, Reds.

John Axford (Port Dover, Ont.) 3-1, 3.00, Brewers.



Jesse Crain (Toronto) 1-0, 4.27, Twins



George Kottaras (Markham, Ont.) .208, five, 16), Brewers.

Matt Stairs (Fredericton N.B.) .191, one, seven, San Diego Padres;

Scott Thorman (Cambridge, Ont.) .275, 13, 46 triple-A Omaha of the Royals

Peter Orr (Newmarket, Ont.) .229, eight, 26, triple-A Syracuse) Nationals.

Jonathan Malo (Laval, Que.) .234, two, 14 double-A Binghamton, Mets.

Adam Stern (London, Ont.) .282, one, 10, triple-A Nashville) a Brewers.




1. C Russell Martin (Montreal, Que.) .247, one homer and 21 RBIs, Los Angeles Dodgers.

2. 3B Mark Teahen (St. Marys, Ont.), .281, nine, 28, ansas City Royals.

3. Justin Morneau (New Westminister, BC) .309, 17, 61, Minnesota Twins.

4. CF Jason Bay (Trail, BC) .277, 19, 69) Boston Red Sox.

5. DH Joey Votto (Etobicoke, Ont.) .351, nine, 37, Cincinnati Reds.

6. RF Mike Saunders (Victoria, BC) .303, 10, 26 triple-A Tacoma (Mariners).

7. LF Scott Thorman (Cambridge, Ont.) .300, 13, 30 triple-A Omaha (Royals).

8. 2B Peter Orr (Newmarket, Ont.) .236, five, 23 triple-A Syracuse (Nationals).

9. SS Cale Iorg (Toronto, Ont.) .221, six, 21 double-A Erie (Tigers).



1. LHP Erik Bedard (Navan, Ont.) 5-2, 2.47, Seattle Mariners.

2. RHP Ryan Dempster (Gibsons, BC) 4-5, 4.09, Chicago Cubs.

3. RHP Rich Harden (Victoria, BC) 4-4, 4.95, Cubs.

4. RHP Scott Richmond (Vancouver, B.C) 6-4, 3.68, Jays.

5. LHP Jeff Francis (North Delta, BC) Colorado Rockies.



Shawn Hill (Georgetown, Ont.) 1-1, 5.25 of the San Diego Padres.

Blake Hawksworth (North Vancouver, BC) 0-0, 4.70, St. Louis Cardinals, 5-4, 3.92 triple-A Memphis.

Phillippe Aumont (Gatineau, Que.) 2-2 3.03, with 13 saves, double-A West Tennessee and class-A High Desert (Mariners)

Chris Leroux (Mississauga, Ont.) 3-2, 3.67 double-A Jacksonville, two games with the Marlins.

David Davidson (Thorold, Ont.) 0-1, 3.00 triple-A Indianapolis, triple-A New Orleans who also pitched one game with the Marlins.

R.J. Swindle (Vancouver, BC) 2-1 0.79, triple-A Nashville, Brewers.



Jesse Crain (Toronto, Ont.) 2-3. 8.15, Twins.


George Kottaras (Markham, Ont.) .227, zero, eight, Red Sox.

Luke Carlin (Aylmer, Que.) .287, four, 23, triple-A Reno, two games with Arizona Diamondbacks.

Matt Stairs (Fredericton, N.B.) .296, three, 12 of Phillies.

Jonathan Malo (Laval, Que.) .310, one, double-A Binghamton (Mets)

Nick Weglarz (Stevensville, Ont.) .257, 12, 55 double-A Akron (Indians)

Rene Tosoni (Coquitlam, BC) .275, nine, 45 double-A New Britain (Twins).




1. CF Adam Stern (Port Stanley, Ont.) .221, 1, 8 triple-A Norfolk.

2. 2B Peter Orr (Newmarket, Ont.) .182, 0, 0, Washington Nationals, .267, two, 20 triple-A Columbus.

3. 1B Justin Morneau (New Westminster, BC) .308, 12, 63, Minnesota Twins

4. LF Jason Bay (Trail, BC) .284, 16, 43, Pittsburgh Pirates.

5. C Russell Martin (Montreal, Que.) .307, 8, 37, Los Angeles Dodgers.

6. RF Matt Stairs (Fredericton, N.B.) .262, 8, 28, Blue Jays.

7. 3B Mark Teahen (St. Marys, Ont. .257, eight, 27, Kansas City Royals.

8. DH Joey Votto (Etobicoke, Ont. .280, 12, 38, Cincinnati Reds.

9. SS Chris Barnwell (Shelburne, N.S.) .284, 6, 39 triple-A Albuquerque.



RHP Rich Harden (Victoria, BC) 5-0, 2.15 ERA, Oakland A’s.

RHP Ryan Dempster (Gibsons, BC) 9-3, 3.26 Chicago Cubs.

LHP Erik Bedard (Navan, Ont.), 5-4, 3.79, Seattle Mariners.

LHP Jeff Francis (North Delta, B.C) 3-7, 5.6, Colorado Rockies.

RHP Shawn Hill (Georgetown, Ont.) 1-5, 5.83 Washington Nationals.



LHP Adam Loewen (Surrey, BC) 0-1, 7.95 Baltimore Orioles.

RHP Jesse Crain (Toronto, Ont.) 3-2, 2.97 Twins.

LHP David Davidson (Thorold, Ont.) 2-2, 3.54 double-A Altoona.

LHP R.J. Swindle (Vancouver, BC) 1-0, 0.54 triple-A Lehigh Valley.

RHP Steve Green (Longueuil, Que.) 4-0, 3.08, Lehigh.

RHP Scott Mathieson (Langley, BC) injured with the Phillies.



RHP Eric Gagne (Mascouche, Que.) 1-2, 6.98 and 10 saves, Milwaukee Brewers.


C Luke Carlin (Aylmer, Que.) .154, 0, 2, San Diego Padres.

C George Kottaras (Markham, Ont.) .228, 14, 42 triple-A Pawtucket.

C Chris Robinson (Dorchester, Ont.) .217, 1, 19 double-A Tennessee.

INF Scott Thorman (Cambridge, Ont.) .249, 14, 44 triple-A Richmond.

INF Danny Klassen (Leamington, Ont.) .182, 1, 9 triple-A, Round Rock.

INF Emmanuel Garcia (Montreal, QUe.) .258, 3, 29 double-A Binghamton.

INF Jonathan Malo (Laval, Que.) .261, 3, 16 Binghamton.

INF Emerson Frostad (Calgary, Alta.) .270, 5, 32 double-A Frisco.

INF Matt Rogelstad (Coquitlam, BC) .282, 8, 39 single-A Potomac.

OF Sebastian Boucher (Ottawa, Ont.) .226, 1, 13 double-A Bowie, .282, 0, 5, triple-A Norfolk

OF Mike Saunders (Victoria, BC) .242, 3, 16 triple-A Tacoma.




1. 2B Peter Orr (Newmarket, Ont.) .200, zero, two, Atlanta Braves.

2. C Russell Martin (Montreal, Que.) .292, eight, 43, 11 steals, Dodgers.

3. 1B Justin Morneau (New Westminster, BC) .277, 20, 54 RBIs, Twins.

4. LF Jason Bay (Trail, BC) .276, 11, 46 RBIs, Pirates.

5. DH Scott Thorman (Cambridge, Ont.) .242, nine, 30, Braves.

6. RF Mark Teahan (St. Marys, Ont.) .287, five, 37, Royals.

7. CF Aaron Guiel (Langley, BC) .229, 10, 29, Tokyo Yakult Swallows.

8. 3B Corey Koskie (Anola, Man.) out with a concussion, Brewers

9. SS Danny Klassen (Leamington, Ont.) .310, three, 18, triple-A Round Rock (Astros).



LHP Erik Bedard (Navan, Ont.) 4-4, 3.64, Baltimore Orioles.

LHP Jeff Francis (North Delta, BC) 6-5, 3.61, Colorado Rockies.

RHP Shawn Hill (Georgetown, Ont.) 3-3, 2.70, Washington Nationals.

RHP Rich Harden (Victoria, BC) 1-1, 1.42, Oakland A’s.

LHP Adam Loewen (Surrey, BC) 2-0, 3.56, Orioles.

RHP Scott Mathieson (Vancouver, BC) coming off Tommy John, Philadelphia Phillies.



Eric Gagne (Mascouche, Que.) 1-0, 0.50, seven saves, Texas Rangers.

Jesse Crain (Toronto, Ont.) 1-2, 5.51), Twins.

Chris Reitsma (Calgary, Alta.) 0-1, 5.79, Seattle Mariners.

Ryan Braun (Kitchener, Ont.) 0-2, 3.00, three saves, triple-A Omaha (Royals).

Rheal Cormier (Moncton, N.B.) 1-1, 1.17, triple-A Richmond (Braves).

David Davidson (Thorold, Ont.) 2-0, 5.08, two saves, double-A Altoona (Pirates).



Ryan Dempster (Gibsons, BC) 1-3, 3.45, 15 saves, Chicago Cubs.



INF Chris Barnwell (Shelburne, N.S.) .271, four, 21 triple-A Nashville (Brewers).

OF Matt Stairs (Fredericton, N.B.) .275, nine, 23, Blue Jays.

C Pete LaForest (Hull, Que.) .207, 13, 28 triple-A Portland (Padres).

1B Joey Votto (Etobicoke, Ont.) .317, 9, 41 triple-A Louisville.

OF Adam Stern (Port Stanley, Ont.) .206, three, triple-A Norfolk (Orioles).




1. CF Adam Stern (London, Ont.) .150, four RBIs Red Sox; .254 seven 23 triple-A Pawtucket.

2. 2B Peter Orr (Newmarket, Ont.) .211, one, four, Braves.

3. LF Jason Bay (Trail, BC) .285, 20, 57, Pittsburgh Pirates.

4. 1B Justin Morneau (New Westminster, BC) .288, 19, 64, Twins.

5. 3B Corey Koskie (Anola, Man.) .267, 10, 31, Brewers.

6. C Russell Martin (Montreal, Que.) .294, four, 20, Los Angeles Dodgers.

7. DH Matt Stairs (Saint John, N.B.) .287, seven, 18, Royals.

8. RF Aaron Guiel (Langley, BC) .220, three, seven Royals; .233, 11, 32 triple-A Omaha.

9. SS Kevin Nicholson (Surrey, B.C) .229, one, 16, Somerset, Atlantic League (IND).



RHP Rich Harden (Victoria, BC) 3-0, 3.86, Oakland A’s.

LHP Erik Bedard (Navan, Ont.) 8-6, 4.72, Orioles.

LHP Jeff Francis (North Delta, BC) 5-7, 4.25, Rockies.

RHP Shawn Hill (Georgetown, Ont.) 1-3, 4.66, Nationals; 3-2, 2.64 double-A Harrisburg.

LHP Adam Loewen (Surrey, B.C) 0-2, 7.12 Orioles, 4-2, 2.72 double-A Bowie.



Rheal Cormier (Moncton, N.B.) 2-1, 1.35, Phillies.

Jesse Crain (Toronto, Ont.) 1-4, 5.19, Twins.

Eric Gagne (Mascouche, Que.) two scoreless innings, Dodgers.

Chris Reitsma (Calgary, Alta.) 1-2, 9.11, three saves, Braves.

Scott Mathieson (Aldergrove, BC) 0-2, 6.75, Phillies, 6-2 3.05, double-A Reading.



Ryan Dempster (Gibsons, BC) 1-4, 4.41, 31 saves, Cubs.


INF-OF Mark Teahen (St. Marys, Ont.) .244, 4, 19, Royals; .380, 2, 14, Omaha.

C George Kottaras (Markham, Ont.) .274, eight, 30 double-A Mobile (Padres).

INF Scott Thorman (Cambridge, Ont.) .120, zero, one with the Braves; .324, 15, 44 triple-A Richmond.

C Pete LaForest (Hull, Que.) injured triple-A Portland (Padres).

INF Joey Votto (Etobicoke, Ont.) .314, 15, 48 double-A Chattanooga (Reds).

INF Stubby Clapp (Windsor, Ont.) .315, one, 11 Edmonton, Northern League IND).




1. 2B Peter Orr (Newmarket, Ont.) .327, one, five, Atlanta Braves.

2. CF Adam Stern (London, Ont.) disabled list Red Sox.

3. RF Larry Walker (Maple RIdge, BC) .294, four, 15, St. Louis Cardinals

4. 1B Justin Morneau ( New Westminster, BC) .411, two, six, Minnesota Twins.

5. 3B Cory Koskie (Anola, Man.) .258, seven, 16, Blue Jays.

6. LF Jason Bay (Trail, BC) .313, six, 17, Pittsburgh Pirates.

7. DH Matt Stairs (Fredericton, N.B.) .269, four, 11, Kansas City Royals.

8. C Pete LaForest (Hull, Que.) .302, seven, 22 RBIs Triple-A Durham, (Tampa Bay Devil Rays).

9. SS Danny Klassen (Leamington, Ont.) .326, two, 11, Triple-A Round Rock (Houston Astros).



RHP Rich Harden (Victoria, BC) 2-2, 1.94, Oakland A’s.

LHP Erik Bedard (Navan, Ont.) 3-1, 2.31, Baltimore Orioles.

LHP Jeff Francis (North Delta, BC) 2-1, 4.58, Colorado Rockies.



Eric Gagne (Mascouche, Que.) injured, Los Angeles Dodgers.

Ryan Dempster (Gibsons, BC) 2-3, 5.65, Chicago Cubs.

Paul Quantrill (Port Hope, Ont.) 0-1, 4.02, New York Yankees.

Rheal Cormier (Moncton, N.B.) 1-1, 5.19, Philadelphia Phillies.

Jesse Crain (Toronto, Ont.) 2-0, 0.00, Twins.

Chris Begg (Uxbridge, Ont.) 2-2, 1.95, Double-A Norwich (San Francisco Giants).

Vince Perkins (Victoria, BC) 2-2, 4.11 Double-A New Hampshire (Jays).

Steve Green (Longueuil, Que.) 0-2, 4.74 Double-A Akron (Cleveland Indians).

Aaron Myette (Surrey, BC) in Japan.



Chris Reitsma (Calgary, Alta.) 0-1, 1.08, Braves.



INF Mark Teahan (St. Marys, Ont.) .273, zero, four, Kansas City Royals.

INF Scott Thorman (Cambridge, Ont.) .303, five, 25 Double-A Mississippi Braves (Braves).

INF Kevin Nicholson (Surrey, BC) .500, zero, one, Somerset, Atlantic league (IND).

OF Aaron Guiel (Langley, B.C) .265, five 18, Triple-A Omaha (Royals).

C Richard Martin (Montreal, Que.) .280, one, 18 Double-A Jacksonville (Dodgers).




1. CF Jason Bay (Trail, BC) .286, nine, 25, Pittsburgh Pirates.

2. 2B Stubby Clapp (Windsor, Ont.) .301, zero, six, triple-A Syracuse.

3. RF Larry Walker (Maple Ridge, BC) .350, three homers, five, missed first 67 games, Colorado Rockies.

4. 3B Corey Koskie (Anola, Man.) .247, 12, 33, Twins.

5. 1B Justin Morneau (New Westminster, BC) .323, 19, 57 triple-A Rochester (Twins).

6. DH Matt Stairs (Fredericton, N.B.) .276, 10, 29, Kansas City Royals.

7. LF Aaron Guiel (Langley, BC) .173, four, 10, 24 Royals and platoon mate Jeff Guiel (Langley, BC) .198, five, 25 Syracuse (Jays).

8. C Pete Laforest (Hull, Que.) .190, two, 14, triple-A Durham.

9. SS Danny Klassen (Leamington, Ont.) .264, five, 30, triple-A Toledo.



RHP Rich Harden (Victoria, BC) 3-4, 4.13, Oakland A’s.

LHP Erik Bedard (Navan, Ont.) 3-2, 3.69, Baltimore Orioles.

LHP Jeff Francis (North Delta, BC) 11-1, 2.27 double-A Tulsa (Rockies).

RHP Shawn Hill (Georgetown, Ont.) 5-6, 2.87 double-A Harrisburg, promoted to the Montreal Expos.

RHP Mike Johnson (Sherwood Park, Alta.) 6-3, 5.43, triple-A Edmonton.

RHP Ryan Dempster (Gibsons, BC) 0-0, 1.96 re-habbing, single-A Lansing.



Paul Quantrill (Port Hope, Ont.) 5-2, 3.19, Philadelphia Phillies.

Rheal Cormier (Moncton, N.B.) 3-3, 4.54, Atlanta Braves.

Chris Reitsma (Calgary, Alta.) 3-2, 3.61, with 10 saves, Cincinnati Reds.

Aaron Myette (Surrey, BC) 3-2, 2.56, triple-A Louisville (Reds).

Jeff Zimmerman (Kelowna, BC) disabled, Texas Rangers.



Eric Gagne (Mascouche, Que.) 2-0, 1.64, 19 saves, Los Angeles Dodgers.


INF Cody McKay (Vancouver, BC) .230, zero, four, St. Louis Cardinals.

INF Todd Betts (Scarborough, Ont.) .262, four, 14 triple-A Columbus.

OF Simon Pond (North Vancouver, BC) .265, five, 17 Syracuse (Jays).

C John Suomi (Etobicoke, Ont.) .304, six, 47 single-A Modesto).




1. CF Jason Bay (Trail, BC) .300 10, 32 triple-A Portland; .250, one, two Padres.

2. LF Aaron Guiel (Langley, BC) .283, two, eight, Kansas City Royals; .279, eight, 30, triple-A Omaha.

3. 3B Corey Koskie (Anola, Man.) .314, 12, 50, Minnesota Twins.

4. Larry Walker (Maple Ridge, BC) .293, eight, 50, Colorado Rockies.

5. DH Matt Stairs (Fredericton, N.B.) .239, four, 13, Pittsburgh Pirates.

6. 1B Justin Morneau (New Westminster, BC) .280, two, seven, Twins; .309, 19, 42 combined triple-A Rochester, double-A New Britain.

7. SS Danny Klassen (Leamington, Ont.) .242, six, 34 triple-A Toledo.

8. C Pete Laforest (Hull, Que.) .301, 10, 29 hitting 20 homers combined triple-A Durham and Orlando,

9. 2B Stubby Clapp (Windsor. Ont.) .230, three, 21, triple-A Richmond, Atlanta Braves.



RHP Chris Reitsma (Calgary, Alta.) 7-2, 4.63, Cincinnati Reds.

RHP Ryan Dempster (Gibsons, BC) 2-4, 6.21, Reds.

RHP Rich Harden (Victoria, BC) 9-2, 2.99 triple-A Sacramento, two scoreless outings double-A Midland (Oakland A’s).

RHP Steve Green (Longueuil, Que.) 6-4, 5.64, triple-A Salt Lake (Anaheim Angels).

LHP Erik Bedard (Navan, Ont.) injured Baltimore Orioles prospect.



Jeff Zimmerman (Kelowna, BC) injured Texas Rangers closer.

Paul Quantrill (Port Hope, Ont.) 1-2, 1.57, Dodgers.

Rheal Cormier (Moncton, N.B.) 2-0, 1.64, Philadelphia Phillies.

Chris Mears (Victoria, BC) 5-1, 2.92 triple-A Toledo, who was recalled by the Detroit Tigers.

Mike Meyers (Tillsonburg, Ont.) 1-2, 4.94, triple-A Iowa Cubs.

Mike Johnson (Sherwood Park, Alta.) 3-3, 3.75 triple-A Fresno.



Eric Gagne (Mascouche, Que.) 1-2, 2.06, 29 saves, Los Angeles Dodgers.


INF Kevin Nicholson (Surrey, BC) .277, three, 25, double-A Altoona).

OF Jeff Guiel (Langley, BC) .234, seven, 20 triple-A Salt Lake City.

C Cody McKay (Vancouver, BC) .211, four, 23 triple-A Indianapolis).




1. 2B Stubby Clapp (Windsor. Ont.) .250, two, nine triple-A Memphis Redbirds, St. Louis Cardinals.

2. SS Kevin Nicholson (Surrey, BC) .237, 0, 7  Memphis.

3. 3B Corey Koskie (Anola, Man.).263, 8, 36, Minnesota Twins.

4. RF Larry Walker (Maple Ridge, BC) .333, 17, 75, Colorado Rockies.

5. DH Matt Stairs (Fredericton, N.B.) .239, 4, 13, Milwaukee Brewers.

6. LF Aaron Guiel (Lnagley, BC) .381, 1, 7, Kansas City Royals, .353, nine, 50, triple-A Omaha.

7. 1B Todd Betts (Scarborough, Ont.) .290, eight, 29 triple-A Pawtucket, Boston Red Sox.

8. CF Jeremy Ware (Guelph, Ont.) .307, one, 15, triple-A Buffalo, Cleveland Indians..

9. C Cody McKay (Vancouver, BC) .256, five, 26, triple-A Sacramento, Oakland A’s.



RHP Ryan Dempster (Gibsons, BC) 5-7 4.80, Florida Marlins.

RHP hris Reitsma (Calgary, Alta.) 3-6, 3.60, Cincinnati Reds.

RHP Aaron Myette (Surrey, BC) 5-4, 3.39 triple-A Oklahoma, Texas Rangers.

LHP Eric Cyr (Montreal, Que.) 4-6, 3.24, double-A Mobile, four games San Diego Padres.

LHP Erik Bedard (Navan, Ont.) 6-3, 1.97 double-A Bowie, two games with the Baltimore Orioles.



Jeff Zimmerman (Kelowna, BC) injured Texas Rangers closer.

Paul Quantrill (Port Hope, Ont.) 0-2, 3.40, Dodgers.

Rheal Cormier (Moncton, N.B.) 3-4, 5.59, Philadelphia Phillies.

Phil Devey (Lachute, Que.) 1-3, 4.98, triple-A Las Vegas;  double-A Jacksonville 3-1, 1.91), Dodgers



Eric Gagne (Mascouche, Que.) 0-0, 1.30, 29 saves, Los Angeles Dodgers.



1. SS Kevin Nicholson (Surrey, BC) .385, one, 12 triple-A Colorado Springs.

2. 2B Stubby Clapp (Windsor, Ont.) .317, five, 29, triple-A Memphis; .286 with St. Louis.

3. RF Larry Walker (Maple Ridge, BC) .344, 25, 78, Colorado Rockies.

4. 1B Matt Stairs (Fredricton, N.B.) .268, 10, 32, Chicago Cubs.

5. 3B Corey Koskie (Anola, Man.) .257, 8, 43, Minnesota Twins.

6. DH Todd Betts (Scarborough, Ont.) .339, 8, 45 Triple-A Tacoma.

7. C farmhand Cody McKay (Vancouver, BC) .261, 1, 15 triple-A Sacramento, Oakland A’s.

8. LF Rob Ducey (Cambridge, Ont.) .236, three, 10, Montreal Expos.

9. CF Ntema (Pappy) Ndungidi (Montreal, Que.) .239, three, 28 double-A Bowie, Baltimore Orioles.



RHP Ryan Dempster (Gibsons, BC) 8-8, 4.95, Florida Marlins.

RHP Chris Reitsma (Calgary, Alta.) 4-6, 4.27, Cincinnati Reds.

RHP Eric Gagne (Mascouche, Que.) 1-4, 5.88, Los Angeles Dodgers.

RHP Steve Green (Longueuil, Que.) 6-2, 3.66 triple-A Salt Lake.

RHP Mike Meyers (Tillsonburg, Ont.) 4-3, 3.78 triple-A Iowa.



RHP Paul Quantrill (Port Hope, Ont.) 7-1, 1.96, Blue Jays.

LHP Rheal Cormier (Moncton, N.B.) 4-1, 3.04, Philadelphia Phillies.

RHP Dave Wainhouse (Scarborough, Ont.) 2-3, 3.76, five saves, triple-A Iowa.



RHP Jeff Zimmerman (Kelowna, BC) 3-4, 3.26, 10 saves, Texas Rangers.


INF Danny Klassen (Leamington, Ont.) injured Arizona Diamondback farmhand.

OF Jeremy Ware (Guelph, Ont.) .242, two, 10, triple-A Ottawa.

OF Aaron Guiel (Langley, BC) .269, 5, 29 triple-A Omaha.

OF Ryan Radmanovich (Calgary, Alta.) .267, 11, 39 triple-A Portland).

C Alex Andreopoulos (High Park, Ont.) .227, one, four triple-A Buffalo.

C Andy Stewart (Oshawa, Ont.) Jays bullpen catcher.