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Report: Blue Jays eyeing July 30 homestand for games in Toronto

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The Toronto Blue Jays are eyeing a return to Canada for home contests beginning with a 10-game stand that starts July 30, reports Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.

The team received approval from the provincial and municipal governments but is awaiting a response from the federal level to return to the Rogers Centre.

The news comes as the Canadian government is set to loosen border restrictions. Fully vaccinated Canadians and permanent residents can enter Canada without undergoing a quarantine period as of Monday.

The Jays have compiled a 19-20 record this season playing 'home' games in Dunedin, Florida and Buffalo, New York. A seven-game set beginning Aug. 20 is reportedly the backup plan if the club doesn't receive approval in time for the July 30 homestand.

Toronto hasn't played a regular-season game at Rogers Centre since September 2019. The team's extended absence from Canada means All-Star leading vote-getter Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has only hit five of his 51 career home runs in front of the hometown crowd.

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