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Boston Red Sox manager and former Toronto Blue Jays manager John Farrell made his first return to the Rogers Centre since leaving for the Red Sox in the offseason. Welcomed with mixed reactions but mostly booing, Farrell noted that he loved Toronto, but has no regrets. The Red Sox were able to squeak out a win in Farrell’s return against a reloaded Blue Jays squad, who were missing key players Jose Bautista and Brett Lawrie.
Red Sox starter Felix Doubront had an overall good outing, going 5 innings giving up 9 hits, 3 earned runs, and striking out six. Doubront struggled in his final inning but was able to get help from reliever Koji Uehara, who has been dominant to start off the season. Junichi Tazawa started the 7th inning, but did not did not have his night giving up a game tying home run to Jose Reyes. Set-up man Andrew Bailey pitched in the 8th and was able to get himself out of a jam with the speedy Rajai Davis causing him trouble.
Newly acquired closer Joel Hanrahan made his second appearance, giving up one walk, but was able to shut the door, notching his second save. Some Red Sox fans were having worries over Hanrahan, as he struggled in spring training, raising questions whether if the trade for Hanrahan was a bust already, but it is still early.
As for the Red Sox bats, it was an overall solid night at the plate, as the team had a total of 12 hits. Mike Napoli homered off Josh Johnson in the 4th inning and Will Middlebrooks homered of Jeremy Jeffress in the 9th giving the Sox insurance heading into the bottom of the 9th inning with a 6-4 lead. But, the Red Sox should give big thanks to Blue Jays 2nd baseman Emilio Bonifacio for making three critical errors. Two of the errors were back-to-back leading the Red Sox to getting a run on the board.
Jose Iglesias left the game in the fourth inning after making a tremendous defensive play. Iglesias was replaced by Pedro Ciriaco after he was hit by a Josh Johnson 93-mph fastball in the right arm. There have been no updates on Iglesias status yet.
John Lackey returns to the mound Saturday after missing all of the 2012 season having Tommy John Surgery.