September 23, 2013
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Barry Chin/Globe Staff
Fans received commemorative programs and baseball cards from Sunday's dedication of a statue of Carl Yastrzemski before the Red Sox faced the Blue Jays.
Hall of Famer Jim Rice was on hand at the ceremony.
"I'm deeply honored to stand before you today, seeing this statue in front of the place that I called home for 23 years," Yastrzemski said.
Fans lined up outside Gate B to watch the unveiling.
"Oh, what a difference this year compared to last year," the Hall of Famer said.
"This statue means as much to me as being inducted into the Hall of Fame and having my number retired," he said.
Mayor Tom Menino attended the event and proclaimed it "Carl Yastrzemski Day for the city of Boston."
Yastrzemski greeted Dustin Pedroia, Daniel Nava, Jonny Gomes, and manager John Farrell.
Yastrzemski met with former teammates at the unveiling of his statue.
Yastrzemski said the 2013 playoff-bound Red Sox compare favorably to his 1967 pennant-winning club, except he believes this year’s team has better pitching.
He headed out to the mound to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
The game was the last in a three-game series between the Red Sox and the Blue Jays this weekend.
David Ortiz hugged Yastrzemski after the ceremonial first pitch.
David Ross signed autographs before the game.
Blue Jays second baseman Mark DeRosa scored on an RBI single by Kevin Pillar (not pictured).
Nava was greeted in the dugout after scoring the first run in the second inning.
Jackie Bradley Jr. had a three-run homer in the second.
Bradley's home run left the yard, and Pillar was unable to make a play on the ball.
Bradley was greeted with the beard-pulling ritual by Jarrod Saltalamacchia after his home run.
Starting pitcher Felix Doubront threw to first to hold the baserunner in the third inning.
The Blue Jays' Ryan Goins went for the tag on Ortiz in the second inning.
The Blue Jays argued with umpire Manny Gonzalez over a call.
Bradley caught a drive to center field by Moises Sierra and avoided a collision with Shane Victorino in the sixth inning.
Ortiz delivered another Red Sox home run, this one in the sixth.
Ross grabbed a hold of Ortiz's beard after the home run.
Victorino was unable to catch a fly to right field by Rajai Davis in the eighth inning.
Koji Uehara had a 1-2-3 inning in the ninth.
The Red Sox celebrated after taking a 5-2 win over the Blue Jays.