Yanks to join Jays for Mon­treal tuneup

The Peterborough Examiner - - SPORTS - LAURA ARM­STRONG SPORTS RE­PORTER

The Blue Jays will once again wrap up spring train­ing in Mon­treal next March with a pair of ex­hi­bi­tion games against the New York Yan­kees.

Toronto will go head-to-head with their Amer­i­can League East ri­vals on March 23 and 24, their fi­nal tune-ups be­fore the 2020 reg­u­lar sea­son be­gins with a four-game home se­ries against the Bos­ton Red Sox start­ing on March 26.

“We are ex­cited to re­turn to Mon­treal once again the cel­e­brate the city’s rich base­ball history and tra­di­tion,” Jays pres­i­dent and CEO Mark Shapiro said in a re­lease. “Get­ting the priv­i­lege to play at Olympic Sta­dium in front of thou­sands of pas­sion­ate base­ball fans al­ways re­minds us of how hon­oured we are to rep­re­sent Cana­di­ans from coast to coast.”

This will be the first time Toronto has faced the Yan­kees in Mon­treal since the team started play­ing ex­hi­bi­tion games in the city in 2014. Pre­vi­ous op­po­nents in­clude the Red Sox, New York Mets, Cincin­nati Reds, Pitts­burgh Pi­rates, St. Louis Car­di­nals and Mil­wau­kee Brew­ers.

Mon­treal, home to the Ex­pos from 1969 to 2004, has long been con­sid­ered a pos­si­ble lo­ca­tion for a Ma­jor League Base­ball ex­pan­sion team or a re­lo­ca­tion. This past sum­mer, MLB granted the Tampa Bay Rays per­mis­sion to ex­plore split­ting their home sched­ule be­tween Tampa and Mon­treal, but no fi­nal de­ci­sions have been an­nounced about the pos­si­bil­ity of a shared sea­son.

The Yan­kees are cur­rently down 2-1 to the Hous­ton Astros in the AL cham­pi­onship se­ries, with Game 4 of the best-of-seven se­ries resched­uled for Thurs­day night in New York af­ter rain forced its post­pone­ment Wed­nes­day.

Tick­ets for the Mon­treal games go on sale Fri­day at noon.

TORONTO STAR FILE PHOTO

Mon­treal-born Vladimir Guer­rero Jr. is ex­pected to re­turn to his birth­place when the Jays wrap up spring train­ing with games vs. the Yan­kees.

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