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The Toronto Blue Jays hope their new triple-A affiliate in Buffalo will help build its profile and fan base in Canada

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A Blue Jays fan from Niagara Falls, Ont., wears his 30-year-old cap as he enters the ticket gate for the Bisons home opener in Buffalo, April 4, 2013. The Buffalo Bisons, the Toronto Blue Jays minor league team this year, played their home opener against the Rochester Red Wings on a sunny, but cool afternoon at Coca-Cola field.

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The Buffalo Bisons played their home opener against the Rochester Red Wings at Coca-Cola field in Buffalo.

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A Blue Jays fan from Buffalo plays catch as he waits in line to enter today's Buffalo Bisons home opener.

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Hybrid Blue Jays/Bisons fans look through their programs before the home opener.

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Fans enjoy a sunny, but cool afternoon as the watch the Buffalo Bisons play their home opener against the Rochester Red Wings.

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Only in Buffalo could you have two chicken wings racing a celery stick, and blue cheese dip. .

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Hall of Famer, Roberto Alomar, gets a pinch on the cheek from Blue Jays owner, Paul Beeston, right, while they chat with Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown.

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Hall of Famer, Roberto Alomar, waves to the crowd as he heads out onto the field to throw a ceremonial first pitch.

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The Bisons’ Moises Sierra, left, and Anthony Gose, stand for the playing of the Canadian and American National Anthems.

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Moises Sierra stands with his Bisons teammates during the playing of the national anthems.

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Anthony Gose, right, fist bumps with teammate Adam Loewen, during player introductions before the home opener in Buffalo.

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Bisons’ Moises Sierra high fives teammates during introductions.

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Bisons player Munerori Kawasaki runs out onto the field during player introductions before Thursday's home opener in Buffalo.

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Catcher Josh Thole takes a look around while warming up in right field.

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Moises Sierra tapes up one of his bats before the start of his team's home opener.

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Anthony Gose bunts during Thursday's home opener.

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Anthony Gose runs for a long home run ball to centre field during today's home opener.

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Anthony Gose throws from centre field during the Bisons home opener.

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Buffalo Bisons’ Andy LaRoche slides to get beneath the tag of Doug Bernier during Thursday's home opener.

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The Bisons’ Luis Jimenez hits a home run in the fifth inning.

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Bisons Moises Sierra gets a hit in the season opener.

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He calls himself the "Wing Nut." Pat Ross wears a custom-made hat while cheering on the Rochester Red Wings as they play the Buffalo Bisons in Buffalo.

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