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Former Twin, MVP Justin Morneau out of retirement to play for Canada in Olympic baseball qualifying

In this Aug. 21, 2013, file photo, Minnesota Twins' Justin Morneau runs after hitting a double against the Detroit Tigers in the third inning of a baseball game in Detroit. Photo: Paul Sancya/AP
In this Aug. 21, 2013, file photo, Minnesota Twins' Justin Morneau runs after hitting a double against the Detroit Tigers in the third inning of a baseball game in Detroit.

Updated: October 09, 2019 03:37 PM

Justin Morneau, the 2006 American League MVP first baseman for the Minnesota Twins who last played in 2016, is on the Canadian roster for Olympic qualifying as baseball returns to the Games next summer for the first time since 2008.

Morneau, 38, headlines the roster for next month's Premier12, a global tournament where the top nation from North and South America will qualify for the Tokyo Olympics. Japan and Israel are already qualified, according to the World Baseball Classic website.

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Active MLB players are not expected to be released to participate in the Tokyo Games.

Another former Twins player, Rene Tosoni, is on the team as well.

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