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Vladimir Guerrero Jr. wears Expos jersey before debut to honor father

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    Toronto Blue Jays rookie Vladimir Guerrero Jr. walks out of the clubhouse to speak at a news conference before his major league debut against the Oakland Athletics in a baseball game Toronto today.

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    Toronto Blue Jays rookie Vladimir Guerrero Jr. speaks at a news conference before his major league debut against the Oakland Athletics in a baseball game in Toronto today.

TORONTO >> Vladimir Guerrero Jr. paid tribute to his Hall of Fame father before his major league debut for Toronto against Oakland, arriving at Rogers Centre dressed in a replica of his dad’s Montreal Expos jersey.

The 20-year-old was set to bat fifth and play third base today.

“Since I was a kid I was running around with my dad in the clubhouse in Montreal,” Guerrero Jr. said. “I just wanted to bring that back today.”

Guerrero wore No. 27, the number retired in honor of his father by the Los Angeles Angels.

Guerrero’s famous father was on hand to watch his son take batting practice, which was broadcast live on Sportsnet, the Canadian network operated by team owner Rogers Communications.

Toronto selected Guerrero’s contract from Triple-A Buffalo and optioned infielder Richard Ureña to the International League farm team.

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