Milwaukee was also the opponent on June 5, 1989, the first game the Jays played in the SkyDome.
However, there's nothing like the first home game of the season to bring renewed energy and anticipation. Donaldson was at the Rogers Centre on Sunday and Gibbons said the third baseman is expected to be in the lineup for the opener. With Wily Peralta set to face J.A. Happ in the pitching matchup, the over/under now sits at 9 runs.
During Spring Training in 1988, then-Blue Jays Manager Jimy Williams announced that left-fielder George Bell would be the full time DH, both to save his knees and to improve the defense. The Jays took the lead in the first off a solo home run by Donaldson and a Tulowitzki RBI ground out, however those were the only runs they would score.
The Blue Jays host their home opener on Tuesday when they welcome the Milwaukee Brewers for some interleague play. Tampa Bay has won 23 of its last 30 home series against the Blue Jays, going 61-33 during that stretch. No matter how good their starting pitching is, they won't win a lot of games if they don't hit with runners in scoring position.
When the Jays broke camp in late March - with Jose Bautista and Marcus Stroman back from the World Baseball Classic and Donaldson recovered from a calf injury - they could hardly have envisioned such a sluggish first week. We'll see where he's at tomorrow. "No hard feelings. I just want the game to be played the right way".
Donaldson, who is batting.348 with two homers and three RBIs, said he was disappointed not to start the home opener but understood the team's decision. But this year, Nelson will watch from his couch while eating dinner with his family on Tuesday night. The bullpen did well as well, only allowing 1 run in 7 innings of work. Toronto is 20-6 in Happ's last 26 starts and 6-1 in their last 7 interleague games while the under is 7-1 in their last 8 home games.