DUNEDIN, FL- For the first time since 2009, the Toronto Blue Jays will host a Spring Training night game under the lights at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium on Monday, March 27th at 6:08 PM against the Philadelphia Phillies. The contest will be followed by a post-game fireworks show sponsored by TD Bank.
A lot has changed since the last Blue Jays home Spring Training night game eight years ago, a 4-3 Blue Jays victory over the Phillies on March 6th, 2009. Roy Halladay, fresh off his fifth All-Star appearance in a Blue Jays uniform, started the game for Toronto, striking out four over three scoreless innings. An unheralded journeyman utility player acquired in an August waiver trade the previous year named Jose Bautista was in camp fighting to secure a spot on the Blue Jays roster. Names like Scott Rolen, Vernon Wells, Lyle Overbay, and Adam Lind powered the Blue Jays offense.
The lineup will look significantly different this year, with Bautista being the only holdover from the 2009 roster, when the Blue Jays take on the Phillies in their second-to-last home Spring Training tune up before heading north to begin their pursuit of a third straight playoff appearance.
Tickets for the game are still available at www.BlueJays.com/SpringTraining.