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Jays blast off & other stories you need to know

05/19/2012 01:52 EDT | Updated 07/18/2012 05:12 EDT

A plethora of home runs greeted the Toronto Blue Jays in the team’s first interleague game, the New Jersey Devils are preparing for their Game 3 clash against the New York Rangers by keeping their lines intact, the Vancouver Canucks now have company in the embellishing accusation department, and CBCSports.ca has some fun with John Tortorella and his mime act.

Here are the top five stories from Friday night:

1. The Blue Jays began interleague play with a bang as they smacked five home runs, including a pair each by J.P. Arencibia and Rajai Davis, to hammer the New York Mets 14-5. Yan Gomes, the first Brazilian to play in the majors, even got into the act with his first career homer. The fireworks didn’t end there as Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander came within two outs of his third career no-hitter. Alas, Pittsburgh’s Josh Harrison broke up the no-no bid with a single in the ninth, but Detroit walked away with a 6-0 win.

2. Why tamper with a winning formula? That’s what the Devils won’t do when they take on the Rangers Saturday afternoon (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 1 p.m. ET). Speaking of the Rangers, CBCSports.ca wants you to debate the question: Who would make the better mime — John Tortorella or late French actor Marcel Marceau? We also asked in our HNIC Playoff Pulse question, which team has more at stake?

3. CBCSports.ca’s Tim Wharnsby writes that the Vancouver Canucks aren’t the only team accused of embellishing calls. After his team’s Game 3 loss in Los Angeles, frustrated Coyotes coach Dave Tippett told reporters he believed the Kings were doing the same thing.

4. The Edmonton Oil Kings kicked off the Memorial Cup in style as Henrik Samuelsson broke a tie 13:42 into the third period, lifting his team to a wild 4-3 win over host Shawinigan Cataractes.

5. Former England national team captain and current Los Angeles Galaxy star David Beckham took centre stage at the Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose in England. Beckham was on hand to light the Olympic torch, which began the start of the 2012 London Olympics torch relay.

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