A Dry Spell Reaches Toronto

Wednesday, April 8, 2009; Page D06

Beer and alcohol sales were banned at the Tigers-Blue Jays game last night in Toronto, a day after their season opener was delayed when unruly fans littered the field with baseballs and debris.

The clubhouses were cleared of booze, too, after the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario suspended the liquor license at Rogers Centre for three dates because of past infractions.

The panel cited five broken rules at baseball and football games and concerts dating from the Canadian Football League championship game in 2007. The stadium will also be dry on April 21 when Toronto plays Texas.

The Blue Jays' 12-5 win Monday was delayed nine minutes in the eighth inning when fans threw two baseballs in the direction of Detroit LF Josh Anderson and tossed a handful of paper planes and empty beer cups onto the field.

-- WHITE HOUSE VISIT: Even though they didn't win the World Series, the Yankees got to go to the White House. A group of 22 players, coaches and travel personnel were given a private tour yesterday that lasted about 1 1/2 hours. The tour was put together by former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer.

-- From News Services

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