Red Sox 3, Blue Jays 2(8)
Toronto manager John Farrell likes Kyle Drabek’s ability to
”reach back and get a strikeout when he needs it.”
Drabek struck out five and allowed five hits over five innings
against Boston on Monday in a matchup of sons of former All-Stars.
He left with a one-run lead before Jeremy Hazelbaker’s two-run
homer in the seventh gave the Red Sox a 3-2 victory in a game
shortened to 7 1/2 innings by rain.
”He had good power. He had good action to his stuff despite a
couple of fastballs up in the zone,” Farrell said of Drabek, who
has given up five runs and 18 hits with 14 striketouts and two
walks in 16 innings spanning four spring starts.
”I think the one thing we’re seeing, even when he’s not as
sharp with his overall command, he’s still been efficient, whether
it’s been in an ‘A’ game or other outings we’ve seen in spring
training. He’s making very good strides to start on Saturday
(against Minnesota) and beyond.”
Drabek is the son of 1990 NL Cy Young winner Doug Drabek.
Tony Pena Jr., son of the former major league catcher and
current Yankees bench coach, started for Boston in place of John
Lackey, who remained in Fort Myers because of the threat of rain.
Pena gave up one run and two doubles to Aaron Hill over three
Hill, who made his spring debut last Tuesday after recovering
from strained right thigh muslce, hit a double to left field in the
third to drive in Adam Lind, who had singled. Hill then doubled to
left in the fourth and scored on Juan Rivera’s looping single over
second base. In his past two games Hill has gone 5 for 6 with three
doubles and is batting .471.
”His swing is direct, it’s compact, he’s getting pitches on the
plate and in the zone that he’s getting good swings on,” Farrell
said. ”With the conditions today, we just got everybody out of
there after two at bats. (Hill) was scheduled to go more and he
could have gone more.”
The Red Sox scored in the third on Peter Hissey’s single,
Christian Vazquez’s double to right and Mike Cameron’s single to
deep shortstop. Hazelbaker’s one-out home run to right on the first
pitch to him by Carlos Villanueva followed Nate Spears’ infield
”He’s getting stronger,” Red Sox manager Terry Francona said
of Hazelbaker, a rookie right fielder. ”To see that swing, I’ll
take that bus ride any day. That ball came off his bat good.”
Play was stopped for 21 minutes after the fifth inning, and the
game was called after the Red Sox batted in the top of the
NOTES: With Vic Carapazza out due to back spasms, a three-man
umpiring crew worked the game. … It was Toronto’s final spring
home game. … Brett Cecil is scheduled to start Tuesday for the
Blue Jays against Baltimore’s Jake Arrieta in Sarasota, Fla. …
Boston’s Clay Buchholz will start against Tampa Bay’s Wade Davis
Tuesday in Fort Myers, Fla.