Unfortunately, Farrell and the Red Sox had the last laugh in this exhibition match-up, with Boston handing Toronto its second loss of the spring, dropping the Blue Jays 4-2.
– R.A. Dickey made his Blue Jays spring debut, getting the start opposite fellow knuckle-baller Steven Wright. Unfortunately, Wright looked sharper in his first start of the spring. While Dickey surrendered 2 runs, four hits, and a walk while tossing two innings on the day, Wright also threw 2 innings, surrendering two hits and striking out three batters. It wasn’t a horrible outing for the Toronto ace, but it wasn’t great either.
– It is worth noting that one of the two runs scored on a knuckle-ball that bounced away from J.P. Arencibia, who was catching Dickey yesterday.
– Josh Johnson followed Dickey, but looked much more impressive. In two innings of work, Johnson gave up two hits while striking out a pair. His fastball sat comfortably at 93 MPH, but it was consistent and he looked sharp.
– A pair of prospects also made appearances but with mixed results. Sean Nolin looked rough, surrendering 3 hits in just one inning while fanning one. He’s getting a look this spring, but will get the time he needs to brush up on his approach. Meanwhile, John Stilson threw one inning and walked a batter, but came away unscathed.
– Overall, it was a quiet day on the hitting front. Edwin Encarnacion launched his first home run on the spring, a solo shot in the sixth inning off of J.D. Durbin. Meanwhile, Melky Cabrera loosened up a bit and contributed a pair of doubles and an RBI on the day. Jose Reyes, Lance Zawadzki, Mark DeRosa, and Colby Rasmus also contributed base knocks.
Today’s line-up against the Minnesota Twins in Dunedin:
Ricky Romero gets the start.
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