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The Toronto Blue Jays begin defense of their first AL East title in 22 years with a 5-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays... Blue Jays Top Rays in Season Opener

The Toronto Blue Jays begin defense of their first AL East title in 22 years with a 5-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday.

Marcus Stroman outpitched Chris Archer in his first opening day start. The 24-year-old allowed just six hits, striking out five batters and allowing just one walk.

The Blue Jays opened the scoring in the first inning when Edwin Encarnacion singled to right field, driving in Josh Donaldson and Jose Bautista. After the Rays scored a single run in the fourth, the Jays answered back in the fifth with a run scoring single from Kevin Pillar.

Troy Tulowitzki extended Toronto’s lead to 5-1 with the very first home run of the season in the top of the eighth, a two-run shot.

After scoring a run in the top of the eighth, the Rays made it interesting in the ninth, but Roberto Osuna shut down the Rays for his first save of the season.

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R.A. Dickey gets the nod as the Blue Jays continue their season opening series against LHP Drew Smyly and the Rays at 7:10 PM. Against the Jays, Smyly is 1-0 with a 1.10 ERA and 0.49 WHIP in 16.1 IP, with a complete game shutout.

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The Blue Jays are a unique team with a unique fan base -- we're the only team in Major League Baseball to play in Canada, and the only non-American team in history to win the World Series. Blue Jays fans support our team. We became the first Major League club ever to draw over four million fans in one season, and we did it three times.

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STANDINGS/RESULTS

 Team W L % GB STRK
BOS 93 69 .574 - 5-5
NYY 91 71 .562 2.0 6-4
TAM 80 82 .494 13.0 6-4
TOR 76 86 .469 17.0 5-5
BAL 75 87 .463 18.0 2-8
This game was played on 2017-10-01.
 Home Away Game Record
1 2 162 76-86
FINAL - Streak: 1 wins
W: Barnes, L: German, SV: Osuna
Time: 2:28 - Attendance: 37,428

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