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Baseball returns to Montreal as Jays face Mets on TSN 690

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3/28/2014 10:06:52 AM
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Baseball is coming back to Montreal, as Olympic Stadium plays host to the Toronto Blue Jays and New York Mets in the first of two spring training games tonight.

The game is available on TSN Radio 690 in Montreal at 7pm et/4pm pt.

It's the first time Major League Baseball has returned to Montreal since the Expos moved to Washington in 2005. The last professional game played at the Big O was on Sept. 29, 2004, when the Expos were defeated 9-1 by the Florida Marlins.

According to The Canadian Press, Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre will throw the ceremonial first pitch at tonight's game. The mayor also plans to meet with John McHale Jr., an executive with Major League Baseball, who will be in Montreal watching the games. Coderre has been involved in the process of getting a baseball team back in his city.

Late Hall of Famer Gary Carter will be honoured in a ceremony before the game, with his widow and family slated to attend. Carter died in February 2012 after a battle with brain cancer. He was 57.

Before Saturday's game, an event will be held to celebrate the Expos squad that was considered the best team in baseball before a players' strike brought the 1994 season to a premature close. The '94 team had baseball's best record (74-40) when the season ended.

The Jays will welcome Jose Reyes and Edwin Encarnacion back into the lineup, as both have been cleared to play in this weekend's series.

Reyes has been out of action since he suffered a mild strain in his left hamstring during Saturday's game against Detroit. He has been listed as day-to-day, but the club announced Thursday that he will be available.

Encarnacion was struck by a pitch on his right forearm during Wednesday's game against the Yankees. He was removed, but has since received a clean bill of health. Encarnacion would have been available to play Thursday vs. Philadelphia, but the club opted to give him a day of rest.

MLB at Olympic Stadium (Photo: Charles Laberge/Getty Images )

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