3/29/2014 1:27 P.M. ET
Gibbons glad to be a part of 'exciting' win in Montreal
By Sean Farrell / Special to MLB.com
MONTREAL -- Blue Jays manager John Gibbons was happy about pretty much everything surrounding the 5-4 win over the New York Mets at Olympic Stadium on Friday night.
"It was exciting," Gibbons said. "We needed that to kind of prepare for the season, the excitement, and it does something to you. There's definitely more energy there and it's a good way to start, too. We didn't get too many walk-offs last year, so even if it's preseason, we'll take it."
Trailing by a couple of runs late, the Blue Jays rallied to tie the game on Edwin Encarnacion's two-run single in the seventh before Ricardo Nanita's walk-off single in the ninth sent the Olympic Stadium crowd into a frenzy.
Bautista scratched from lineup with stomach virus
MONTREAL -- Right fielder Jose Bautista was originally scheduled to bat third as the designated hitter in the Blue Jays' lineup Saturday, but he was scratched because of a stomach virus.
Bautista hit his sixth spring home run Friday, when he led off the fourth inning with a shot off Mets starter Jenrry Mejia deep into the left-field bleachers at Olympic Stadium.
First baseman Adam Lind was inserted into the third spot in the batting order Saturday, with cleanup hitter Edwin Encarnacion taking over DH duties against Mets starter Daisuke Matsuzaka.
• The Blue Jays planned to give Brandon Morrow a good workout in his last spring outing Saturday. Morrow entered the game 0-2 in three outings, including a pair of starts, with a 9.00 ERA on 13 hits and 10 earned runs.
"I'm not sure where he's going to go, we're going to see how the innings go," Gibbons said. "We don't want to overdo it but it's going to be a good work day for him."
• Jose Reyes started at shortstop Saturday. Reyes, who was the Blue Jays' designated hitter Friday, injured his hamstring a week ago and had an MRI on Monday that determined he had suffered a mild hamstring strain.
"He felt good, so he's the one guy who will probably play half the day, and he's good to go," Gibbons said.
Sean Farrell is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.