Blue Jays 1, Red Sox 0
Toronto closer Casey Janssen opened in impressive fashion.
Janssen struck out two during a perfect seventh inning in his
spring debut as the Blue Jays beat the Boston Red Sox 1-0
”First time out there, I guess it couldn’t have gone any
better,” Janssen said.
Janssen, who finished with 22 saves last season, had surgery in
November to address lingering shoulder soreness. After striking out
Lyle Overbay and Mauro Gomez, the right-hander got a grounder from
”His ball was exploding,” Toronto manager John Gibbons said.
”I thought he was popping the ball pretty good, so that’s a great
J.A. Happ continued his strong exhibition season, allowing two
hits in six shutout innings for Toronto. The left-hander could
begin the season at Triple-A, in a long relief role or at some
point move into a starting spot if the Blue Jays decide to drop
struggling Ricky Romero from the rotation.
Happ admitted that his undetermined status has weighed on
”The great thing is, my teammates are great,” Happ said.
”That certainly helped.”
Happ has given up four runs over 19 innings in six games.
Gibbons again reiterated that Romero is in the rotation.
Romero is 0-1 with a 7.27 ERA in four big league exhibition
games. The left-hander had control issues in a minor league game
Thursday after working on mechanics with pitching coach Pete
”He’s making some changes, and you don’t expect them to happen
right away,” Gibbons said. ”Hopefully his next go around it’s
going to be better.”
Romero is scheduled to pitch Tuesday against Pittsburgh.
Sergio Santos, expected to fill in if Janssen is not ready for
opening day, struck out three, walked one and had two wild pitches
during a scoreless eighth.
Boston reliever Alfredo Aceves got the start and scattered two
hits over five shutout innings.
The Red Sox lineup consisted of mostly backup candidates and
prospects. Overbay, the former Toronto first baseman, went 0 for
”We’re going to take every day available to us to make a
decision on how our bench is going to round out,” Boston manager
John Farrell said.
Overbay can opt out of his contract Tuesday.
Boston designated hitter David Ortiz (heel) and shortstop
Stephen Drew (concussion) remain out, but have been hitting in a
cage at the Red Sox complex in Fort Myers. Both could be on the
disabled list when the Red Sox open the regular season April 1 at
the New York Yankees.
The Yankees will be without first baseman Mark Teixeira (wrist),
third baseman Alex Rodriguez (hip) and outfielder Curtis Granderson
(forearm). Shortstop Derek Jeter might also miss the opener due to
”A lot of temporary situations because of injuries,” Farrell
said. ”I’m sure everybody who pays attention to every opening
series, you want to see the marquee players perform. In both cases,
we’re dealing with some banged-up rosters.”
Toronto opening day starter R.A. Dickey threw 102 pitches over
eight innings in a minor game on Friday.
”It was a great day for me,” Dickey said. ”Great in the sense
that I threw eight innings and felt fantastic. I got better as the
game went on, and felt strong in the later innings.”
Boston left-hander Jon Lester didn’t make the trip and also
pitched against minor leaguers.
Toronto infielder Edwin Encarnacion could miss a couple games
because of a sore index finger that resulted from an at-bat at the
World Baseball Classic.
”It swelled up a little bit,” Gibbons said. ”The X-ray
(Thursday) was fine. No concerns.”
NOTES: Toronto claimed RHP Todd Remond off waivers from
Baltimore and optioned him to Triple-A Buffalo. The 27-year-old
Remond made his major league debut last season with Cincinnati. To
make room on the 40-man roster the Blue Jays put RHP Drew Hutchison
on the 60-day disabled list. … Blue Jays 3B Brett Lawrie
(strained rib) is increasing his on-field work, but hasn’t resumed
batting practice. There is a chance he won’t be ready for opening
day. ”If he had to start the season a few days late, so be it,”
Gibbons said. ”We don’t want this thing to creep up again.” …
Red Sox prospect Jackie Bradley Jr. had one of the two Boston hits.
The outfielder is hitting .429 overall. … Toronto sent RHPs
Claudio Vargas and Ramon Ortiz, and INFs Eugenio Velez, Ryan
Schimpf, Jim Negrych, Mike McCoy and Luis Jimenez to its minor