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The affiliates took two out of three Monday night. Buffalo was rained out in Syracuse and will try to make it up today as part of a doubleheader.
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Jesus Montero drove in five runs for the Bisons on Sunday. Dwight Smith drove in four for the Fisher Cats. Dunedin were shut out and Lansing were snowed out. The bad weather has impacted New Hampshire who have lost two games and Lansing who have lost three.
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After coming off a hugely disappointing split of their season-opening series in Tampa Bay, the Blue Jays hope some home cooking will get them back on track as they return to SkyDome for their first home opening set against Boston.


The Blue Jays will get to play on an all-dirt infield at home for the first time in their 40-year franchise history. (Image from Toronto Star)
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Yesterday was the first day of the minor league season. Somebody forgot to tell the weather, Buffalo, New Hampshire and Lansing all had their games rained or snowed out. Dunedin started the season on a winning note.
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It's the final countdown! Dah-nah-nah! Da! Dah-nah-nah-da-dah!
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Today is roster day for the minor league teams and we will have the rosters trickling out during the day. At some point the Jays will send me the full list but until then we will fill in with the news as it comes out.
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Getting closer now...
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The 2016 regular season begins where the 2015 campaign ended last year - Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.


The Blue Jays managed to win a series at Tropicana Field in 2015 but still dropped six of nine overall.
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Here's a look back at the finale of the Blue Jays three-game set in Seattle.


Josh Donaldson launches one to left field off Taijuan Walker to give the Blue Jays a 1-0 lead in the first inning.
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I write these like, yeah! I totally know what's going to happen...
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Here's a look back at the Blue Jays visit in Seattle last season. Here are photos from the second game of a three-game set at Safeco Field on Saturday, July 25.


Chris Colabello slides around Seattle catcher Jesus Sucre in the top of the second inning to tie the game at 1-1.
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I'm starting to think the 'quick' part is false advertising...
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Decision day is fast approaching for the Blue Jays. Today the biggest question was answered, Aaron Sanchez was named the number five starter. Gavin Floyd and Jesse Chavez will be in the bullpen and Drew Hutchison has been optioned to Buffalo. For Sanchez, his hard work over the winter paid off with his selection. For Hutchison, his hard work over the winter did not pay off as he has been dispatched. The Hutchison decision shows that spring training often does not change pre-conceived ideas. Since January everyone has been talking about Hutch heading to Buffalo but he came into camp and pitched very well. Credit to him but it changed nothing. It is reassuring that there is a good sixth starter in Buffalo when the need arrives.

The stories out of Florida suggest that Gibbons wanted Sanchez in the rotation. Presumably Floyd's previous employers, Atkins and Shapiro, were on the other side of the discussion. Sanchez will not be a starter for a full 32 starts, he will have to go to the bullpen at some stage if he remains uninjured.

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There ain't room in this town for the three of us...
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