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The Blue Jays, in what felt like their first home game of 2021, beat the Marlins

It feels good to be back home close-ish to home!

Robbie Ray put together a great start, the bullpen was good, Vladdy hit a three-run homer, and, most importantly, Sahlen Field was packed with Blue Jays fans. That’s a nice sight.

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Things worth mentioning…

  • Robbie Ray had a nice bounce-back after his first rough outing of the season last week at Yankee Stadium. Ray went six innings, allowing one earned run on six hits and two walks while striking out nine. The one run that Miami scored came on a double by Starling Marte that prooooooooobably should have been caught by Gold Glove Nominee Lourdes Gurriel. All in all, excellent stuff from Ray.
  • Since I pointed out that Gurriel had an ugly go in the outfield, I should also mention that he made up for it with the stick, going 3-for-4 with a solo dinger. The star of the day offensively, though, was Vlad Jr., who put together a 4-for-4 day at the plate with a three-run bomb. The crowd starting doing an MVP chant for Vladdy and also gave him a standing ovation when he ripped from first to third on a ground out by Teoscar Hernandez. Vladdy is now batting .333 for the season with a 1.104 OPS.

  • Speaking of Buffalo, boy, it sure was nice to have a Blue Jays crowd for what felt like the first time this season. It really did truly feel like the team had been playing the entire season on the road, especially when Yankee and Red Sox fans were rolling into Dunedin and heckling Blue Jays and booing when they would call for time or have a mound visit. Buffalo might not be home, but it’s a hell of a lot closer than Florida, and I’m sure we’ll have a more pro-Jays crowd at home games now, which is ideal.