Vancouver Canadians heading to Portland area because of COVID-19

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VANCOUVER — The Vancouver Canadians minor-league baseball team will open its season playing home games in a suburb of Portland because of COVID-19 border restrictions.

The Canadians will play out of Hillsboro, Ore., the home of the Hillsboro Hops, who also are part of the High-A West division of minor-league baseball.

The Canadians say they hope they can return to Vancouver before the end of the season.

A Toronto Blue Jays affiliate, the Canadians are slated to start their season on May 4. Their home opener is May 11.

The Canadians are one of several Canadian pro sports teams to make temporary homes in the U.S. during the pandemic. They are the only Canadian team in Minor League Baseball.

Major League Soccer's Vancouver Whitecaps called Portland home for part of last year.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 29, 2021.

The Canadian Press