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Blue Jays fans hyped for home opener against Red Sox


It’s finally backbaseball in Toronto.

The Blue Jayssold-out home opener against the Boston Red Sox at the Rogers Centre will mark the team’s return to the cityafter an electrifying season that saw them earn their first playoff berth since 1993.

Despite being off to a 2-2 start this season after splitting their opening series against the Tampa Bay Rays, this much is clearfans are pumped.

Who’s excited for #BlueJays #gameopener today? I know I am!” wrote Mohammad Latif (@mlatifawan).

The buzz was beginning to build hours before game time. #HomeOpener was one of the top trend at lunchtime on Twitter.

During the pre-game ceremonies, 1987 MVP George Bell will present 2015 MVP Josh Donaldson with his shiny new award.

On Friday, Jays starter Marcus Stroman will face off against Rick Porcello for the Sox.

Stroman showed his passion for the city in an article posted on The Players’ Tribune on Friday.

“I’m going to tell you something you probably didn’t know. Toronto is a baseball city,” he wrote, describing going to a Leafs game during the Jays’s playoff drive and hearing Blue Jays chants. “The Leafs show love to the Blue Jays. Drake and the other artists show love to us and the Raps. Nobody’s trying to dominate the city. They just rep The 6ix. And if you also rep The 6ix, they got your back.”

He concluded with, “Toronto will never be the biggest city. We’re not New York. We’re not Boston. We’re not Chicago. We’re Toronto. And we’re out to show everybody what that means.”

Donaldson’s status for tonight’s lineup wasn’t known yet, after limping through a strained right calf during Wednesday’s game against the Rays.

With files from Star staff

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