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Nanita lifts Blue Jays past Mets in Montreal


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MONTREAL (AP) Pinch-hitter Ricardo Nanita singled with two out in the ninth inning to give the Toronto Blue Jays a 5-4 victory over the New York Mets on Friday night at Olympic Stadium,

A crowd of 46,121 turned out for the first baseball game at the Big O since the Montreal Expos' farewell game on Sept. 24, 2004 - as much to show the world they want Major League Baseball back and to pay tribute to former star catcher Gary Carter as to watch an exhibition game.

The teams will play again Saturday, when the Expos' 1994 team will be feted.

The Blue Jays' Munenori Kawasaki opened the ninth with a double and scored from third as Nanita singled up the middle. Jeremy Jeffress pitched the final two innings for the win.

The Mets' Chris Young had a two-run double in the fourth off Jays starter Mark Buehrle.

Toronto got one back in the fourth on Jose Bautista's home run, but Ruben Tejada doubled and scored on Daniel Murphy's double off Casey Janssen in the fifth.

Travis d'Arnaud led off the seventh with a home run, but Edwin Encarnacion tied it with a two-run single in the seventh off Gonzalez Germen. Encarnacion was tagged out in a rundown after the runners scored.

Carter's widow, Sandy, and daughter, Kimmy, were on hand with former teammates Tim Raines, Steve Rogers and Warren Cromartie for a pregame tribute to perhaps the most popular player in Expos history. Carter won a World Series in 1986 with the Mets.

''The city always embraced Gary, and us as a family'' Sandy Carter said. ''I really felt that tonight. We made it our home and felt privileged to be here for 11 years.''

Carter died of brain cancer at age 57 in 2010. The City of Montreal named a street after him outside the Expos' original home, Jarry Park.

''He was a great teammate, a great player, a great competitor,'' said Raines, a roving outfield instructor for the Blue Jays. ''Him and Andre Dawson taught me the meaning of playing the game. If I didn't listen to him, Andre Dawson would slap me upside the head.''

Mets third baseman David Wright, a rookie in 2004, called it a fun night.

''It brought back a bunch of memories for me,'' Wright said. ''My first road trip in the big leagues was to Montreal, my first home run was in Montreal, so it was nice today to reminisce as bit.

''It's nice for us to be able to come up here and break up spring training a bit, because it gets a little boring down there (in Florida). To come up to a great city with a an obviously hungry fan base - it's kind of like a dress rehearsal for us. You've got the big crowd, you get a little more excited than at a normal spring training game. It's good practice for Monday (the Mets' season opener against the Nationals).''

Cromartie leads a movement called the Montreal Baseball Project that is working to get a team back in Montreal, even though estimates are that it would cost more than $1 billion for a team and a new ballpark.

The Expos, who became Canada's first major league team in 1969, moved to Washington to become the Nationals in 2004 after a decade of fire sales of top players, dwindling attendance and timid ownership.

Cromartie and others are trying to revive baseball interest. They called on Montreal fans to turn out in large numbers to the pre-season games to show that the city will support baseball.

''If people think there are no fans here - you see tonight, the support is here,'' Raines said.

 
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Players of the Game
Toronto

E. Encarnacion
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
New York

C. Young
AB 3
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
 
New York (N.L.) Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Eric Young Jr., DH5010023 .288
Daniel Murphy, 2B4011001 .310
David Wright, 3B4120001 .214
Curtis Granderson, RF2100100 .167
   Andrew Brown, RF1000001 .275
Chris Young, LF3012000 .327
   Eric Campbell, LF1000001 .311
Lucas Duda, 1B4010021 .208
Travis d'Arnaud, C3111012 .170
   Anthony Recker, C1000000 .316
Juan Lagares, CF4010000 .293
Ruben Tejada, SS4110010 .196
Jenrry Mejia, P0000000 .000
   Carlos Torres, P0000000 .000
   Gonzalez Germen, P0000000 .000
   Scott Rice, P0000000 .000
   Bobby Parnell, P0000000 .000
Totals3649416  
Batting
2B - Daniel Murphy (5, Janssen), David Wright (3, Stroman), Chris Young (8, Buehrle), Lucas Duda (2, Buehrle), Ruben Tejada (4, Janssen)
HR - Travis d'Arnaud (3, Stroman)
RBI - Daniel Murphy (4), Chris Young 2 (6), Travis d'Arnaud (5)
2-OUT RBI - Daniel Murphy (1)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Eric Campbell 1
New York (N.L.) Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jenrry Mejia 4511131 2.70
Carlos Torres (H,1) 2111110 3.78
Gonzalez Germen (BS,3) 1322020 7.94
Scott Rice 0.2100010 3.72
Bobby Parnell (L,1-1) 1311000 2.57
WP - Gonzalez Germen (2)
HBP - Encarnacion (by Bobby Parnell)
Pitches-Strikes - Jenrry Mejia 73-44, Carlos Torres 13-9, Gonzalez Germen 10-9, Scott Rice 5-5, Bobby Parnell 8-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jenrry Mejia 7-2, Carlos Torres 3-2, Bobby Parnell 2-1
Batters Faced - Jenrry Mejia 18, Carlos Torres 8, Gonzalez Germen 5, Scott Rice 3, Bobby Parnell 7
Toronto Blue Jays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jose Reyes, SS3000001 .241
   Munenori Kawasaki, SS2220000 .318
Melky Cabrera, LF5000024 .400
Jose Bautista, RF3121011 .375
   Moises Sierra, RF2000013 .213
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B4132000 .344
Adam Lind, DH3010103 .368
   Jonathan Diaz, PR-DH1011000 .130
Dioner Navarro, C3001002 .240
Colby Rasmus, CF3010121 .240
Brett Lawrie, 3B4010013 .356
Ryan Goins, 2B2010000 .177
   Maicer Izturis, 2B2110002 .275
Mark Buehrle, P0000000 .000
   Casey Janssen, P0000000 .000
   Sergio Santos, P0000000 .000
   Marcus Stroman, P0000000 .000
   Jeremy Jeffress, P0000000 .000
Totals37513527  
Batting
2B - Munenori Kawasaki (1, Parnell), Edwin Encarnacion (6, Torres), Colby Rasmus (5, Mejia)
HR - Jose Bautista (6, Mejia)
SF - Dioner Navarro (3)
RBI - Jose Bautista (12), Edwin Encarnacion 2 (12), Jonathan Diaz (1), Dioner Navarro (7)
2-OUT RBI - Edwin Encarnacion 2 (5), Jonathan Diaz (1)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Encarnacion-Reyes
E - Brett Lawrie (1, Throwing)
Toronto Blue Jays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Mark Buehrle 4422120 2.93
Casey Janssen 1211000 3.00
Sergio Santos 1000010 3.60
Marcus Stroman 1.2211011 13.09
Jeremy Jeffress (W,1-1) 1.1100020 2.25
Pitches-Strikes - Mark Buehrle 73-45, Casey Janssen 18-13, Sergio Santos 5-5, Marcus Stroman 9-9, Jeremy Jeffress 10-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Buehrle 4-5, Casey Janssen 1-2, Sergio Santos 2-0, Marcus Stroman 3-1, Jeremy Jeffress 2-1
Batters Faced - Mark Buehrle 16, Casey Janssen 5, Sergio Santos 3, Marcus Stroman 7, Jeremy Jeffress 6
Game Information
Attendance - 46121
Game Time - 3:09
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Marvin Hudson, First Base - Stuart Scheurwater, Second Base - A.J. Johnson, Third Base - Brandon Misun