CLEVELAND – What a difference a year makes. Twelve months ago Jose Reyes spent part of April on the disabled list with a severely sprained left ankle but there was no clear return date in sight. On Saturday, Reyes was back from a strained left hamstring. There was greater clarity this time around. He didnt expect to be out much longer than the 15 days he was required to spend on the disabled list. Turns out he was right. "Real happy just to be back with my teammates, see my guys again," said Reyes. "More happy that Im going to be on the field, playing and doing what I love to do, just play baseball." The Blue Jays technically went 9-7 in Reyes absence but he was a non-factor on Opening Day, reinjuring the hamstring that gave him trouble during spring training while running to first base in his lead off at-bat. In fact, when Reyes took his shortstop position on Saturday afternoon it was his first time in the field this season. For manager John Gibbons, who been able to field his preferred lineup far too infrequently since the start of last year, the return of Reyes means an opportunity to reset the lineup. "Its the way its supposed to look," said Gibbons. "Hopefully he gets us going a little bit more. He adds a little bit more offence. Its good to have him back." Just as Reyes returns, the Jays formally lose Adam Lind through at least April 30 after he was placed on the disabled list with stiffness in his lower back. In steps Juan Francisco, who hit 18 home runs in 348 bats for the Atlanta Braves and Milwuakee Brewers last season. Like Lind, Francisco will be a designated hitter who can spell Edwin Encarnacion at first base. Hell likely start at first base on Sunday. Francisco can play third base in a pinch, although he didnt get the call up for his defence. Since signing a minor league deal with the Blue Jays on April 2 following his spring release by the Brewers, Francisco has posted a .341/.420/.568 slash line with two home runs and 11 RBI for the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons. Blue Jays brass wrestled with the decision, Francisco or Dan Johnson, whos also off to a strong start with Buffalo (.318/.466/.591, three home runs, 10 RBI). "Francisco worked out, he can hit a little bit," said Gibbons. "Hes got some juice in that bat so hopefully he can add something while Lindys out." Its one of baseballs mysteries as to why a guy like Francisco cant find a permanent home in the major leagues. Hes a left-handed bat and while not a batting average or on-base machine, at 26 years old and with his fourth big league Franciscos been around long enough to be, at the very least, a contributor off the bench. "Ive got no idea," said Gibbons. "Guys that make it in the big leagues and establish themselves, there have got to be some opportunities. 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Jake Allen was ready when the St. Louis Blues need him to step in for an ineffective Brian Elliott.Allen stopped 19 of the 20 shots he faced over 46 minutes through overtime and then all three Carolina attempts in the shootout as the Blues beat the Carolina Hurricanes 5-4 Saturday night for their fourth straight win.You feel so much better when you go in there starting than sitting on the bench and the ice is already chewed up, llen said. It feels like its been forever since I played and I just try to work as hard as I can in practice and prove that I want to start and I want to play.The 24-year-old spent five of six games since Dec. 27 in street clothes while playing behind Elliott and 42-year-old Martin Brodeur. He got his chance against Carolina after Elliott gave up three goals on 10 shots over the first 12:42.Vladimir Tarasenko tied the score at 4-all early in the third period, T.J. Oshie had the lone goal in a shootout.We had glorious chances at the end but we couldnt put it in, Jiri Tlusty said. But well take the point.The Blues got a tough matchup from Carolina, last in the Metropolitan Division and with the second-fewest goals in the NHL. St. Louis had won each of the previous three by five or more goals for the first time in franchise history.Its not always going to be pretty, defenceman Alex Pietrangelo said. Its not always going to be easy to win.Oshie beat Cam Ward to open the shootout with his characteristic slow-motion approach. He led the NHL with nine shootout goals last season but started this season 0 for 3.Ive been so worried about the ice because of the format now without the Zambonis coming out, Oshie said. I had to just go out there and try to make a good move and if it rolled, it rolled.She stayed flat for me, for the most part, and I was able to put it in.Carolina, 3-1-1 in January after a 3-10-1 December, got goals from Victor Rask, Jeff Skinnerr, Eric Stahl and Riley Nash.ddddddddddddYou know theyre going offensively, so youve just got to be a little bit more aware, but we also have to play our game, Nash said. Weve been pretty good defensively all year so its just one of those things.Blues defenceman Jay Bouwmeester had an apparent game-winner disallowed with 1:52 remaining in overtime because Patrik Berglund clicked skates with Ward in the crease. Berglund, Alexander Steen and Jaden Schwartz had a goal apiece and Pietrangelo had two assists.Steve Kozari was the lone referee on the ice for that call, and much of the game, after Rob Martell injured a knee in a collision in the second period.The Blues two first-time All-Stars were scoreless until Tarasenko got his 23rd goal off a stretch pass from Kevin Shattenkirk.St. Louis had allowed just 28 first-period goals all season before springing leaks that led to Elliott getting yanked early. Stahls breakaway capitalized on a tumble by Shattenkirk after David Backes blind centring pass cleared the offensive zone.Coach Ken Hitchcock said he made the move because Elliott wasnt sharp and neither were the skaters in front of him. He also juggled the lines some.It was anything I could do to try to change momentum, Hitchcock said. Really good for Jake to come in and help us a little bit.Hurricanes coach Bill Peters used his timeout after Schwartz scored his 14th off a giveaway by Stahl and Berglund tied it at 5:01 of the second.Carolina regained the lead on Nashs goal out of a scrum late in the second.NOTES: The Flames were the last team to win three in a row by five or more goals, doing it March 24-28, 1999. ... The Blues have eight players with 25 or more points, most in the NHL according to STATS, with Pietrangelo hitting that milestone. ... Stahl has a goal in three straight games. ... Berglund has a goal in two straight but just six on the season. ... Attendance of 19,411 was the Blues seventh of the season. 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