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Troy Tulowitzki homers again as Jays beat Pirates; Rafael Soriano to retire

Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki hits a two-run homerun during the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Florida Auto Exchange Park on March 20, 2016.

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Troy Tulowitzki hit his second homer in as many games to lead the Toronto Blue Jays over the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2 on Sunday.

Following a two-out double by Jose Bautista in the first inning, Tulowitzki connected off A.J. Schugel for a long drive to left field. The five-time all-star also homered against Houston on Friday.

Toronto starter Marco Estrada had an up-and-down debut after missing nearly four weeks with back soreness, yielding a towering homer to Andrew McCutchen.

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The right-hander walked John Jaso to lead off the game before McCutchen's fourth home run of spring training.

After walking David Freese and giving up a single to Starling Marte, Estrada settled down to retire six straight. He was lifted after McCutchen walked with no outs in the third.

Ryan Goins had a go-ahead double for Toronto in the fifth.

Soriano retires

Relief pitcher Rafael Soriano has announced his retirement from baseball after 14 seasons in the major leagues.

The 36-year-old Soriano signed a minor-league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays last month. He never reported to spring training because of visa issues in his native Dominican Republic.

The Blue Jays posted a note from Soriano on Sunday saying he was done.

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Soriano pitched six games for the Chicago Cubs last July after signing as a free agent, going 2-0 with a 6.35 ERA. His last full season came in 2014 with the Washington Nationals.

An all-star with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2010, the right-hander ranked eighth among active pitchers with 207 career saves. He also spent time with the Seattle Mariners, Atlanta Braves and New York Yankees.

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