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David Price shines in his Blue Jays debut

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That didn’t take long. David Price and the Blue Jays beat the Twins in Price’s debut this afternoon, 5-1.

Price tossed eight innings, allowing only one run on three hits and striking out 11. Those 11 Ks are a Blue Jays debut record. His only mistake in the game was allowing a Torii Hunter solo homer in the second inning. His 118 other pitches yielded no runs.

On the offensive side, Ryan Goins and Josh Donaldson each homered for Toronto — Donaldson’s was a two-run shot which caused fans in Rogers Centre to chant “M-V-P, M-V-P!” — while Edwin Encarnacion and Justin Smoak each had RBI singles.

The Jays now stand 5.5 out of first place in the east but are now in a virtual tie with the Twins for the second wild card slot (Minnesota has a game advantage in the loss column).

The new-look Jays look pretty scary right now.

Torii Hunter is celebrating his 40th birthday in an interesting way

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Via Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle on Twitter:

At least he’s not tearing off his clothes.

Video: Anibal Sanchez jokingly mocks former teammate Torii Hunter

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Remember that time Twins outfielder Torii Hunter disrobed in protest of his ejection from a game? And then was suspended two games for it? Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez — a teammate of Hunter’s in Detroit in 2013 and ’14 — jokingly mocked it as Hunter took batting practice prior to Friday night’s game.

Joe Davis of FOX Sports has video:

Sanchez pitched on Wednesday, so he won’t be starting in the three-game weekend set against the Twins. Hunter, however, will be in the lineup in an attempt to exact revenge against his former team.