By Baseball Canada

OTTAWA- John Axford, Russell Martin, James Paxton, Nick Pivetta and Joey Votto make-up the five Canadians on active Major League Baseball Opening Day rosters with the 2018 season set to begin today.

Five Canadians appeared on opening day rosters in 2017 while nine Canucks in total appeared in at least one big league game. A modern-day record 26 Canadians appeared in the big leagues in 2011.

Montréal’s Russell Martin is set for his fourth straight season in a Toronto Blue Jays uniform and will be joined by eight-year big league veteran John Axford (Port Dover, ON) who earned a spot in the Jays bullpen as a minor league invite during spring training. Martin, a four-time MLB All-Star, is entering his 13th big league campaign while Axford is primed for his ninth.

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