Randal Grichuk dives to catch a ball touched by Mike Trout in the ninth inning (0:20)

DUNEDIN, Fla .– – Nomads of the Toronto Blue Jays stranded in their last home opener

David Fletcher had a two-run single in the 11th inning, and the Los Angeles Angels beat Toronto 7-5 Thursday night in the first regular-season game played at the Blue Jays Spring Training Stadium, that Toronto manager Charlie Montoyo said it felt right at home

Fletcher’s cross shot came on the first pitch from Rafael Dolis, who replaced Ryan Borucki (1-1) with runners in second and third and two out

“He hit hard enough, but soft enough,” Angels manager Joe Maddon said. “He’s what he does He’s a winner”

Junior Guerra (2-0) worked a scoreless 10th before Raisel Iglesias hit the side for his second save

Toronto became the first team in major league history to play home opener games in three different cities for three consecutive seasons The Blue Jays played in Toronto in 2019 and last year moved the home games at their Triple-A team’s stadium in Buffalo, New York, after the Canadian government banned them due to coronavirus travel restrictions

TD Ballpark, also home of the Class A minor league club Toronto, completed a renovation last year that cost more than $ 102 million Four trucks with extra lighting have been brought in for this year’s regular season games at least Toronto’s top three homestands will be played in Dunedin, through mid-May

One of the reasons the Blue Jays chose to stay in Florida was the weather, which was ideal at 80 degrees on first launch – surprisingly it was about the same temperature in Buffalo.

Sign of the times, a number of Toronto players were vaccinated before the game Montoyo had his second shot and said he was feeling tired

Vladimir Guerrero Jr and Cavan Biggio scored for the Blue Jays, who won their first home game at Buffalo last season 5-4 in 10 innings against Miami to end an eight-game losing streak at home The slip was tied for the third longest in major league history

Los Angeles star Mike Trout went 3-for-5 and had the first regular-season hit of the regular season at the stadium, a brace in the first inning, and also landed a homer. also had a potential green light against Julian Merryweather with two and two outs in the ninth on a diving catch by center fielder Randal Grichuk

Guerrero connected for a 404-foot, two-run homer to cross Griffin Canning in a three-point first Biggio’s solo shot and a sixth-place Guerrero single gave Toronto a lead of 5-4

Trout put the Angels 4-3 on a long solo drive to abandon Ross Stripling in the fifth who traveled 444 feet Shohei Ohtani shot the Angels even at 5 on an RBI single in the seventh inning

Ohtani was due to pitch this weekend, Maddon said after the game, the start would be postponed due to a blister on the right-hander’s throwing hand

The Blue Jays also played regular season games at a spring training park in Florida in 2008 Toronto was swept away by host Tampa Bay in a three-game streak in April at Disney’s Wide World of Sports resort near Orlando The facility was used by Atlanta during spring training

The Blue Jays were planning to open the 1995 season in Dunedin and even sell tickets, should MLB choose to use replacement players following a work stoppage A deal between the players and the owners was reached before that the replacement players do not take the field

Angels: RHP Luke Bard has decided to have end-of-season right hip surgery It’s scheduled for May 20

Blue Jays: OF George Springer set to make Toronto debut in all seven home games He started the season on the injured list with a strained left oblique muscle and now has right quadriceps strain

Angels LHP Andrew Heaney (0-1) set to start Friday night Toronto has not announced his departure

Angels vs Blue Jays

World News – CA – Angels vs Blue Jays – Match Recap – April 8, 2021 – ESPN

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