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‘Buffalo’ Blue Jays will go on the road for opening homestand

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The Blue Jays announced on Sunday that they will play their opening homestand against the Nationals and Phillies on the road in Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia, respectively. Their home opener has been pushed back to August 11, when the club will begin a two-game series against the Marlins.

The Jays are in the process of planting their home base for the 2020 season in Buffalo, New York, the home of their Triple-A affiliate. However, Sahlen Field needs some infrastructure adjustments in order to pass major league muster and those improvements won’t be finished for a couple of weeks.

The Canadian government recently denied the Blue Jays permission to play in Canada, so the club scrambled to find a new temporary home. They were believed to be sharing PNC Park with the Pirates, but the state of Pennsylvania denied the team permission as well.

The Jays will essentially be barnstorming for the first two and a half weeks of the 2020 regular season. They lost two of three games to the Rays to open up the regular season, including a 6-5, 10-inning loss on Sunday afternoon. They’ll travel to D.C. for their originally scheduled two-game road series against the Nationals on Monday and Tuesday before remaining there to open up their “homestand.” After the Nats and Phillies, the Blue Jays travel to Atlanta and Boston ahead of their home opener in Buffalo on August 11.

Video reviews overturn 42% rate; Boston most successful

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NEW YORK (AP) Video reviews overturned 42.4% of calls checked during Major League Baseball’s shortened regular season, down slightly from 44% in 2019.

Boston was the most successful team, gaining overturned calls on 10 of 13 challenges for 76.9%. The Chicago White Sox were second, successful on eight of 11 challenges for 72.7%, followed by Kansas City at seven of 10 (70%).

Pittsburgh was the least successful at 2 of 11 (18.2%), and Toronto was 7 of 25 (28%).

Minnesota had the most challenges with 28 and was successful on nine (32.1%). The New York Yankees and Milwaukee tied for the fewest with nine each; the Yankees were successful on five (55.6%) and the Brewers three (33.3%).

MLB said Tuesday there were 468 manager challenges and 58 crew chief reviews among 526 total reviews during 898 games. The average time of a review was 1 minute, 25 seconds, up from 1:16 the previous season, when there 1,186 manager challenges and 170 crew chief reviews among 1,356 reviews during 2,429 games.

This year’s replays had 104 calls confirmed (19.8%), 181 that stood (34.4%) and 223 overturned. An additional 12 calls (2.3%) were for rules checks and six (1.1%) for recording keeping.

In 2019 there were 277 calls confirmed (12.5%), 463 that stood (34.1%) and 597 overturned. An additional nine calls (0.7%) were for rules checks and 10 (0.7%) for record keeping.

Expanded video review started in 2014.