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Blue Jays play home opener in new Florida nest

A have a look at what’s taking place across the majors Thursday:

WELCOME HOME, SORT OF

The Toronto Blue Jays change into the primary crew in Major League Baseball historical past to play home openers in three completely different cities over three consecutive seasons. Bo Bichette, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and the Jays are set to host Mike Trout and the Angels at TD Ballpark in Dunedin, Florida, their spring coaching stadium.



The Blue Jays performed in Toronto in 2019. They held home video games at their Triple-A web site in Buffalo final year after the Canadian authorities barred them over coronavirus issues.

A limited-capacity crowd of about 1,300 is anticipated at evening for the Blue Jays’ sport at TD Ballpark, which went over a $102 million renovation a year in the past.

REMEMBER US?

Fans at Busch Stadium, Camden Yards, Citi Field and several other different parks will get to see their groups play in particular person for the primary time since 2019.

The Cardinals, Orioles, Mets, Twins, Pirates, Astros, White Sox and Blue Jays will maintain home openers in stadiums that didn’t allow followers final year due to COVID-19 protocols.

Heckled and jeered in Oakland and Anaheim whereas going 5-1, Carlos Correa, Alex Bregman and the Astros determine to get a extra pleasant reception at Minute Maid Park when Cristian Javier begins in opposition to the A’s.

AT LAST

Red Sox lefty Eduardo Rodríguez makes his long-awaited return to a giant league mound when he begins at Baltimore a day after his twenty eighth birthday.

Rodríguez was scratched as Boston’s opening day starter due to a “dead arm.”

He went 19-6 in 2019 and had been set to begin the 2020 season opener earlier than it was delayed by the coronavirus outbreak. Rodríguez contracted COVID-19 and associated coronary heart issues that stored him from pitching in any respect final season.

SLOW SPRING

George Springer remains to be ready to play his first sport for Toronto after signing a $150 million, six-year contract throughout the winter. The 31-year-old outfielder began the season on the injured record with a strained left indirect muscle and now’s feeling tightness in his proper quad.

There’s no agency date on when the 2017 World Series MVP with Houston will likely be in the Blue Jays’ lineup.

Manager Charlie Montoyo described Springer as “a little disappointed” on Wednesday.

AILING

Oakland supervisor Bob Melvin says nearer Trevor Rosenthal is “contemplating surgery” for his shoulder harm. Rosenthal is contemplating a process that usually has a three-month recovery time. … Dodgers star Mookie Betts obtained the day Wednesday due to a stiff decrease again however is anticipated to play Friday vs. Washington.

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