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GDB 11.0: The Toronto Blue Jays return home

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Zach Laing
1 year ago
We. Are. Back.
For the first time this season, the Toronto Blue Jays will play in front of the hometown crowd at the Rogers Centre. For the Jays it comes after a long start to their season on the road.
After Spring Training in Dunedin, the team hit the road visiting the St. Louis Cardinals, Kansas City Royals and most recently, the LA Angels. The Jays have managed to come out on top with a solid 6-4 record and honestly, I’ll take that. That’s a tough way to start the season.
It’s been far from an easy start for the club either. Nearly every pitcher in the rotation has had some struggles to start the season now that we’re two times through the order.
Tonight we’ll get a look at Alek Manoah on the mound for the Jays home opener. After struggling in the season opener against St. Louis, he went seven innings against the Kansas City Royals allowing just one hit while walking four batters and striking out another five.
Let’s see what he can do in a new look Rogers Centre.
First pitch: 7:07 p.m. EST
Weather: The dome is closed at the Rogers Centre.  (RotoGrinders)
The teams: 
Toronto Blue Jays: 6-4, 4.0 GB, – WCGB. -4 DIFF, 5.4 R/G.
Detroit Tigers: 2-7, 4.0 GB, 3.5 WCGB. -35 DIFF, 3.0 R/G.
Odds via Betano:
Moneyline: TOR -286; DET+235.
O/U: 8.5 — o8.5 -125; u8.5 +102.
Starting pitchers:
TOR: Alek Manoah RHP — 1-0, 4.35 ERA, 1.548 WHIP, 7.0 K9.
DET: Matt Manning RHP — 1-0, 3.18 ERA, 1.412 WHIP, 6.4 K9.
Lineups: 
GAME DAY PREDICTION: The Jays come out swinging driving in at least six runs in their home opener.

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Zach Laing is the Nation Network’s news director and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or reached by email at zach@thenationnetwork.com.

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