MONTREAL — A crew of Montreal Expos fans, willing to do just about anything to get their team back, has driven to Toronto to watch the Blue Jays.
Organizers say about 1,000 Expos supporters, hoping to attract the attention of baseball’s movers and shakers, packed into the outfield bleachers at the Rogers Centre on Saturday for the Blue Jays game against the Tampa Bay Rays.
The group wore the traditional red, white and baby blue of the former Expos, who relocated in 2004 and became the Washington Nationals, and held up signs promoting their cause.
“Our goal is to celebrate the history of the Expos and show that there is still a viable market for it,” said Matthew Ross, who runs the website Expos Nation and helped organize the trip.
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Nearly a decade after the Expos left town, there is a small but growing movement to bring a team back to the city. The possibility has become a recurring topic on local talk radio shows and has even influenced Montreal street fashion.
It’s no accident the group chose to attend a game featuring the Rays, one of the baseball’s more troubled franchises, he said.
The Expos logo has become a source of city pride and a statement for young people barely old enough to have seen them play.
Ross said the pain of the Expos’ messy departure has begun to dissipate. These days people are more focused on joyful memories and Expos greats like Andre Dawson, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2010.
Cespedes still out
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Home Run Derby champion Yoenis Cespedes was not in the Oakland Athletics’ starting lineup for the second straight game because of a sore left wrist.
According to manager Bob Melvin, Cespedes was hurt during batting practice Friday. The second-year left fielder from Cuba hasn’t homered in his past 19 games, after averaging a homer for every 19 at-bats in the majors before this drought. He hit 23 last year as a rookie.
Only four previous Home Run Derby champions hit fewer than 10 after the break — Justin Morneau (2008), Bobby Abreu (2005), Garret Anderson (2003) and Ken Griffey Jr., who was limited to 24 games during the rest of the 1994 season because of a strike that wiped out the final 40 games of the Mariners’ schedule.
• Atlanta Braves starter Paul Maholm was forced out in the fourth inning of his start against the Chicago White Sox because of a sprained left wrist.
• Boston Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester is having his next start pushed back two days, and Ryan Dempster is taking his place Sunday against the Yankees. Boston activated shortstop Stephen Drew from the disabled list and optioned third baseman Brock Holt to Class AAA Pawtucket.
• Alex Rodriguez will join the New York Yankees in Texas on Monday. The injury-riddled team has a new addition to the disabled list as outfielder Zoilo Almonte is now sidelined because of a sprained left ankle.
• The Colorado Rockies placed right-hander Rafael Betancourt on the disabled list after the closer had his appendix removed Friday.
• Washington Nationals pitcher Ross Detwiler didn’t complete a full bullpen session and will miss at least two more starts while dealing with a lower back strain.
• The St. Louis Cardinals placed outfielder Matt Holliday (hamstring) on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 12 and purchased the contract of first baseman/outfielder Brock Peterson from Class AAA Memphis.