According to the live online connection numbers seen on last week's broadcast of a game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Milwaukee Brewers, the game attracted about 58,000 concurrent viewers, peaking at a little over 60,000 in the ninth inning as the Cardinals attempted to come back in an eventual 3-2 loss. Facing Joe Biagini, who was making his first start of the season, the first four Royals hitters reached base on a combination of two singles, a walk and a hit batsman.
The opener, which Toronto won 11-3, made up for a game postponed the day before because of damage to the roof on Rogers Center. Instead, fans can watch it on Facebook as part of a recent agreement with Major League Baseball to stream 25 weekday afternoon games on the social network.
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Yangervis Solarte hit a two-run home run in the first to give the Blue Jays an early 2-0 lead and finished the first game 2-for-3 with four runs-batted in.
Solarte's third homer of the season was a two-run shot off Erik Skoglund (0-2) into the second deck in the first inning.
What makes the Blue Jays even more fun to think about is what could happen if they start firing on all cylinders. DH Kendrys Morales (right hamstring) is not expected to require a rehab assignment before rejoining the team. He went on the disabled list April 10 because of a hamstring ailment.
The wins bring the Blue Jays to 11-5 on the young season, already a much better start than they had past year when they started the campaign 8-17 in the opening month. The biggest hole, over right field, was roughly 3 feet by 5 feet. The tower itself and several nearby restaurants and attractions also were closed.
Kansas City was also the opponent for the only previous cancellation at Rogers Centre. The Blue Jays also played two on July 17, 1989, and October 5, 2001.
Former Blue Jays infielder Ryan Goins, who was signed in the offseason by the Royals, was given an ovation when he entered the first game in the bottom of the seventh, his first appearance at the Rogers Centre as an opposing player. "But it was awesome".
On the pitching side, the biggest surprise has to be the way Jaime Garcia has pitched through three starts with a 3.86 ERA, 17 strikeouts and only five walks. Toronto is 4-1 in Happ's last 5 starts against a team with a losing record and 6-1 in their last 7 games overall while the under is 23-11-1 in their last 35 home games.