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Rogers Centre goes dry during victory

Rogers Centre goes dry during victory

TORONTO -- The Rogers Centre went dry on Tuesday night, with beer and alcohol banned for the Blue Jays' contest against the Tigers by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario due to past infractions at the ballpark

It wasn't only the fans who were restricted, either. Alcohol was also cleared out of both clubhouses.

"They took it all out," said Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston, who then chuckled. "I haven't opened my fridge yet to see if there's any in there."

Tuesday's game was one of three scheduled alcohol-free dates at Rogers Centre. The ban will also be in effect on April 21, when the Blue Jays host the Rangers, and for a Canadian Football League game on Aug. 1. The Gaming Commission cited five broken rules at baseball and football games and concerts dating back to 2007.

The ban was unrelated to the delay on Monday night, when fans littered the field with debris in the eighth inning during the Jays' season opener against the Tigers.

Both baseball games affected by the ban fall on days when the upper-deck seats are sliced to $4 as part of a promotion called "Messin' With Recession." Concessions, vendors and restaurants, as well as the clubhouses, are subject to the ban.

Signs posted at the stadium gates on Tuesday listed permitting drunkenness, permitting the use of narcotics, selling and serving to apparent minors, failure to request approved identification and permitting illegal liquor on the premises as the reasons for the ban.

Fans interested in exchanging their tickets for the affected dates will be allowed to, subject to availability.

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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