Blue Jays spoil Rangers home opener before largest MLB crowd

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Toronto Blue Jays' Marcus Semien (10) is congratulated by Randal Grichuk after hitting a two-run home run, which scored Grichuk, as Texas Rangers catcher Jose Trevino and home plate umpire Jansen Visconti look on during the second inning of a baseball game Monday, April 5, 2021, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter)

By STEPHEN HAWKINS

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Steven Matz and the Toronto Blue Jays spoiled the home opener for the Texas Rangers and their sellout crowd. Matz struck out nine in his Blue Jays debut while Marcus Semien and Cavan Biggio hit back-to-back homers in Toronto’s 6-2 win. The Rangers announced a crowd of 38,238, the largest for an MLB game since the pandemic. Mike Foltynewicz needed 95 pitches to get through four innings in his Texas debut. It was the 50th home opener for the Rangers in Texas, their second in the $1.2 billion retractable-roof stadium. They played all 30 home games last season without fans.