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Reds first baseman Joey Votto named to Canada’s roster for WBC

Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto talks with Philadelphia Phillies manager Charlie Manuel, left, and Reds manager Dusty Baker, right, prior to a baseball game, Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012, in Cincinnati.

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Joey Votto will suit up for Canada at the World Baseball Classic.

The Cincinnati Reds first baseman was not part of Canada's provisional roster announced last month as he recovered from a knee injury.

But the Toronto native was included on the final roster released Thursday.

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Among the other players taking part in the tournament, which runs from March 2 to March 19, is Toronto Blue Jays ace and reigning National League Cy Young award winner R.A. Dickey.

Other notable Canadians named to the roster on Thursday are Minnesota Twins first baseman Justin Morneau (New Westminster, B.C.) and Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Russell Martin (Chelsea, Que.).

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