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NEW YORK (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays have been given the go-ahead by Major League Baseball to look into playing a split season in Montreal.

Commissioner Rob Manfred said made the announcement Thursday at the end of the owners’ meetings.

There is no timetable for the possible plan. An idea under consideration is for the Rays to play early in the season in Tampa Bay and later in Montreal.

Tampa Bay is averaging 14,546 fans per home game, ahead of only the Miami Marlins. The Rays have played at Tropicana Field since their inception in 1998 and drew their lowest home crowd of 5,786 against Toronto last month. They had looked into building

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