Rooney: Fairview grad Jesse Crain to pitch for Canada in WBC

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Fairview alum Jesse Crain, shown here in action for the Chicago White Sox, will compete for Canada in the World Baseball Classic this spring.

Former Fairview star Jesse Crain has been selected to pitch for Canada in this spring’s World Baseball Classic.

Crain, a 1999 graduate of Fairview who led the Knights to the state title that year, was born in Canada. Although his family moved to Colorado not long after Crain’s birth, he has maintained dual citizenship, allowing Crain to compete for the Canadian national team when the once-every-four-years international competition begins in March.

Crain will be in his third season as a relief pitcher for the Chicago White Sox in 2013 following a seven-year stint with the Minnesota Twins. Despite struggling with an assortment of injuries last season, Crain went 2-3 for the White Sox with a 2.44 earned-run average in 51 games. The right-hander held opposing hitters to just a .171 batting average while recording 60 strikeouts in 48 innings.

Former Rockies star Larry Walker, also a native of Canada, will serve as the Canadian national team’s hitting coach.

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