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Blue Jays Taking a Big Swing

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Over time, things slid -- the novelty of SkyDome eroded, finances lessened -- but Toronto is Toronto, one of the great cities in North America. And with the emergence of Jose Bautista and an attractive team, attendance the last three years has risen, from 1.494 million to 1.181 million to 2.099 million, television ratings have similarly risen (and so have revenues), and now here they are with Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, Josh Johnson, Emilio Bonifacio, two 40-homer hitters in Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion, and now, above all, the reigning National League Cy Young Award winner in R.A. Dickey.

"Once we made the Marlins deal," said GM Alex Anthopoulos, "we had no alternative but to go for it."

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