The crippled betwixt the Texas Rangers and Toronto Blue Jays connected Saturday was postponed due to the fact that of rain.
It volition beryllium made up arsenic portion of an day doubleheader Sunday, with some games scheduled for 7 innings. The Rangers said left-hander Kolby Allard volition commencement the opener, followed by Mike Foltynewicz. The Blue Jays volition person left-handers enactment some games, with Hyun Jin Ryu taking the mound for the opener and Steven Matz moving the nightcap.
Toronto entered Saturday successful 3rd spot successful the AL East, 8 games down first-place Boston. Texas has mislaid 7 of 10 and is past successful the AL West.
The Blue Jays connected Friday received support from the Canadian authorities for an exemption connected borderline restrictions that would let them to instrumentality to Canada for a homestand that begins connected July 30.
They played location games during the shortened 2020 play successful Buffalo and started this play successful Dunedin, Florida, earlier moving northbound to Buffalo. The Canadian authorities didn't let the squad to play successful Toronto due to the fact that of the hazard of spreading COVID-19. Toronto past played astatine 49,000-capacity Rogers Centre connected Sept. 29, 2019.
Blue Jays president Mark Shapiro said that the squad was approved to dainty the retractable-roof stadium arsenic an outdoor installation with a capableness of 15,000.
He besides reflected connected the larger relation the squad has successful its location city.
"670 days -- that's however agelong it's been since we played a existent location game," Shapiro said. "The meaning of what location is. Home is Toronto and location is Canada. For our enactment and for our players. It's much crystal wide than it ever has been -- a greater consciousness of appreciation, a greater consciousness of meaning of what it tin beryllium for a competitory thrust towards a playoff spot, and truly conscionable grateful that we person a accidental to beryllium backmost successful beforehand of our fans and portion of the betterment for the city, province, and country."
Shapiro past described however excited helium is for immoderate of the team's players and unit who person not had a accidental to acquisition a crippled successful Toronto.
"I deliberation astir Marcus Semien, Hyun Jin Ryu, George Springer -- players who made a determination to travel to the Toronto Blue Jays due to the fact that Toronto was a large portion of that decision," Shapiro said. "Canada was a large portion of that decision, and yet they've ne'er played a crippled arsenic a hometown player."
Shapiro past shared his visions for a imagination ending to the tumultuous season.
"Thinking astir ending this communicative with an October we each retrieve would beryllium the ultimate," helium said. "How unthinkable would it beryllium to deliberation astir the travel we've experienced, the uncertainty of past season, playing a 60-game play successful Buffalo, playing successful 3 antithetic homes for this season, and yet getting backmost to the spot we each judge in, attraction about, and consciousness a enslaved and necktie to, to extremity that with winning the past crippled would beryllium 1 of the top shot stories ever written. That's a communicative I'd similar to beryllium a portion of."