San Francisco Chronicle
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Bo Bichette hit a tworun home run, Teoscar Hernandez added a solo shot run and the Blue Jays beat the Kansas City Royals 64 on Friday in their first game at Toronto’s Rogers Centre since Sept. 29, 2019.
“It felt like we had our real fans,” Bichette said. “So excited to be here . ... We’ve kind of been trying to pretend like we had a home.”
Displaced from Canada because of border restrictions resulting from the coronavirus pandemic, the Blue Jays played the bulk of the shortened 2020 season in Buffalo, N.Y., the home of their TripleA affiliate. They began the 2021 regular season playing at their spring training home in Dunedin, Fla., before moving back to Buffalo in June.
On July 16, the Canadian federal government granted the Blue Jays an exemption to the ongoing border restrictions
A vocal crowd of 13,446 sounded more like 50,000 while chanting “Let’s go Blue Jays” as the players ran in from center field before the game, passing through lines of flagwaving health care workers.
Reds 6, Mets 2: Joey Votto homered for the seventh straight game, one shy of a major-league record, and visiting Cincinnati won as pitcher Carlos Carrasco made his injury-delayed debut for New York.
White Sox 6, Indians 4: Tim Anderson delivered a tiebreaking single, Jose Abreu was hit in the head by a pitch with the bases loaded and host Chicago rallied to top Cleveland. After Abreu was hit, both benches and bullpens emptied briefly, but no punches were thrown and the reigning AL MVP stayed in the game. Mariners 9, Rangers 5: Logan Gilbert won his fifth decision in a row, fellow rookie Jarred Kelenic hit a three-run homer, and visiting Seattle posted its fifth win in its past seven games.
Rays 7, Red Sox 3: Yandy Diaz, Mike Zunino and Randy Arozarena homered and host Tampa Bay moved within a half-game of AL East-leading Boston. Yankees 3, Marlins 1: Newly acquired Anthony Rizzo homered, singled and walked in his debut with New York, which beat host Miami. All-Star outfielder Joey Gallo, who joined N.Y. on Thursday, went 0-for-4 with a walk.
Brewers 9, Braves 5: Avisail Garcia, Willy Adames and Eduardo Escobar — in his Brewers debut — hit home runs and visiting Milwaukee beat Atlanta.
Nationals 4, Cubs 3: Josh Bell and Luis Garcia homered, and host Washington defeated Chicago hours after the teams completed deadline teardowns.
Cardinals 5, Twins 1: Tommy Edman drove in three runs with a bases-loaded double and St. Louis beat visiting Minnesota. Pirates 7, Phillies 0: Wil Crowe and two relief pitchers combined on a one-hitter as host Pittsburgh snapped a four-game skid.
Orioles 4, Tigers 3: Matt Harvey extended his shutout streak to 181⁄3 innings and Pedro Severino homered twice for visiting Baltimore.
Briefly: Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. appeared to injure his left shoulder sliding awkwardly into third base and left Friday’s game against the Rockies. Manager Jayce Tingler and a trainer helped Tatis off the field as he winced in pain, holding his left arm . ... Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom, on the injured list since July 8 because of right forearm tightness, has been shut down from throwing for two weeks after an MRI exam revealed more inflammation in the arm. DeGrom will be retested and evaluated in two weeks . ... Nationals infielder Starlin Castro has been suspended for 30 games for violating Major League Baseball’s policy on domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse. The team said it will release Castro when the ban concludes . ... Astros reliever Brooks Raley was suspended for three games and fined by MLB for intentionally throwing at and hitting Seattle’s J.P. Crawford on Monday.