ST. PETERSBURG, Florida, USA (AP) – Cavan Biggio hit a three-run homer and the exiles Toronto Blue Jays kicked off their odyssey with a 6-4 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday in the first game of the Bell.
Hours earlier, the Blue Jays announced they will play at least the majority of their home games at their Triple-A affiliated team’s stadium in Buffalo, although it is still unknown when the field will be ready.
The Canadian government prevented the Toronto team from hosting there this season due to concerns about the coronavirus. The Blue Jays then sought to play in Pittsburgh or Baltimore, but negotiations did not prosper.
With a single in the infield, Biggio launched a three-run attack in the fourth inning against Charlie Morton, 36, who started in the season opener for the first time in his career. Randal Grichuk, Rowdy Tellez and Teoscar Hernández drove the races.
Biggio, son of Hall of Fame member Craig Biggio, rocked his home run in the fifth inning to gain the 6-1 lead.
Japanese slugger Yoshi Tsutsugo got his first home run on his major league debut with the Rays. Tampa Bay gave him a two-year, $ 12 million contract.
The Rays have sought to strengthen themselves, having won 96 games the previous season and reached the postseason for the first time in six years.
Tampa Bay set the tone for a memorable night with a Twitter message in the morning, in which they focused on social justice issues, ensuring that as an organization: “Today is the first day, which means it is a good day. to arrest the murderers of Breonna Taylor. ”
Taylor was a 26-year-old black woman who was shot by the Louisville police and died at her home in March.
Players from both teams entered the field for the ceremony before the match. The Blue Jays stood at third base and on the left side of the field, while the Rays positioned themselves at first base and the right side.
They all held a black cloth of more than 180 meters, in a show of solidarity.
For the Blue Jays, Dominicans Vladimir Guerrero 5-1 with a run scored, Teoscar Hernández 3-1 and an RBI.
For the Rays, Cuban Yandy Díaz was 4-0, Venezuelan José Martínez 5-1. Dominicans Willy Adames 3-2 and an RBI, Manuel Margot 3-0 with two runs scored.