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Red Sox, Blue Jays to play exhibitions in Montreal next April

BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 09: David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox runs to first after hitting his 498th career home run during the third inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park on September 9, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: Jose Bautista #19 of the Toronto Blue Jays reacts after his seventh-inning RBI base hit against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on September 12, 2015 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 09: David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox runs to first after hitting his 498th career home run during the third inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park on September 9, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: Jose Bautista #19 of the Toronto Blue Jays reacts after his seventh-inning RBI base hit against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on September 12, 2015 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

The Boston Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays will play a pair of exhibitions at Montreal on April 1-2, the third straight year Olympic Stadium will host spring training games.

Montreal hopes to regain a Major League Baseball team after losing the Expos, who started play in 1969 and moved after the 2004 season to Washington, D.C., where they were renamed the Nationals.

In 2014, 96,350 fans attended Toronto's two-game series against the New York Mets and this year 96,545 went to a pair of games between the Blue Jays and Cincinnati, whose roster includes Toronto native Joey Votto.

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Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre met in May with new MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, who says he was impressed by attendance at the exhibitions but that the city needs a new ballpark to get a big-league team.