MLB has revised the 2020 regular season to 60 games due to the worldwide COVID-19 outbreak. The campaign now runs from July 23 to September 27.
The only MLB club in Canada, The Blue Jays plays all 60 of their games outside of Canada. The federal government in Ottawa has denied the club permission to play at Rogers Center due to concerns about frequent cross-border travel between Canada and the US.
Where Toronto will play its designated home games finally became clear on the day of the season opener on July 24 and less than a week before the “home” opener on July 29. The club has announced that it will play most of its home games at Sahlen Field in Buffalo, NY, home of Jays’ Triple-A partner.
The Jays announced two days later that their first “home game” will be on August 11 vs. the Marlins.
Here’s your revised 2020 #Blue jays scheme.
To enable the necessary infrastructure adjustments at Sahlen Field, we are playing our first planned home stand on the road. pic.twitter.com/IiXsPGvDIO
– Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) July 26, 2020
The club had signed an agreement with the Pirates to play at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, but Pennsylvania refused entry.
Regarding the schedule itself: The Jays will compete against the other teams in the AL East (40 games in total) and all five teams in the NL East (20 games) under the new format. That means there will be few breaths for a team that is still in the development phase, even though it has added several experienced starting pitchers during the low season (Hyun-Jin Ryu, Tanner Roark, Chase Anderson).
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Here is the completely revised schedule for the regular season of the Blue Jays 2020, with dates, opponents and game times.
Blue Jays 2020 Schedule: Matchups, Times, Results
|DATE||OPPONENT||RESULT / TIME|
|July 24||at Rays||W, 6-3|
|July 25||at Rays||L, 4-1|
|July 26||at Rays||L, 6-5|
|July 27||at Nationals||6:05|
|July 28||at Nationals||6:05|
|July 29||at Nationals *||6:05|
|July 30||at Nationals *||4:05|
|July 31||at Phillies *||6:37|
|1 August||at Phillies *||6:37|
|August 2||at Phillies *||3:07|
|August 4||at Braves||7:10|
|August 5||at Braves||7:10|
|August 6||at Braves||7:10|
|August 7||at Red Sox||7:30|
|August the 8th||at Red Sox||7:30|
|August 9||at Red Sox||1:35|
|August 11||vs. Marlins||6:37|
|August 12||vs. Marlins||6:37|
|August 14||vs. Shine||6:37|
|August 15||vs. Shine||6:37|
|August 16||vs. Shine||3:07|
|August 17||at Orioles||7:05|
|August 18||at Orioles||7:05|
|August 19||at Orioles||7:05|
|August 21||at Rays||6:40|
|August 22||at Rays||6:40|
|August 23||at Rays||1:10|
|August 24||at Rays||3:10|
|August 25||vs. Red Sox||6:37|
|August 26||vs. Red Sox||6:37|
|August 27||vs. Red Sox||6:37|
|August 28||vs. Orioles||6:37|
|August 29||vs. Orioles||6:37|
|August 30||vs. Orioles||3:07|
|August 31th||vs. Orioles||2:07|
|1st of September||at Marlins||6:40|
|September 2nd||at Marlins||6:40|
|September 3||at Red Sox||7:30|
|September 4||at Red Sox||7:30|
|5 September||at Red Sox||7:30|
|September 6||at Red Sox||1:35|
|September 7||vs. Yankees||6:37|
|Sept 8||vs. Yankees||6:37|
|September 9th||vs. Yankees||6:37|
|September 11||vs. Mets||6:37|
|September 12th||vs. Mets||6:37|
|the 13th of September||vs. Mets||3:07|
|September 15th||at Yankees||7:05|
|16 September||at Yankees||7:05|
|September the 17th||at Yankees||7:05|
|September 18th||at Phillies||7:05|
|September 19th||at Phillies||7:05|
|September 20||at Phillies||TBD|
|September 21||vs. Yankees||6:37|
|September 22||vs. Yankees||6:37|
|September 23||vs. Yankees||6:37|
|September 24||vs. Yankees||6:37|
|25th of September||vs. Orioles||6:37|
|26th September||vs. Orioles||6:37|
|September 27||vs. Orioles||3:07|
* The Blue Jays are appointed as the home team.