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Blue Jays two-hit Red Sox in 5-0 shutout

Apr 6, 2013, 3:56 PM EDT

J.A. Happ Reuters

J.A. Happ probably would have opened the season as the most well-compensated pitcher in Triple-A if Ricky Romero hadn’t struggled so mightily this spring. Inserted into the Blue Jays’ rotation instead, Happ struck out six in 5 1/3 innings and combined with three relievers on a two-hit shutout of the Red Sox on Saturday.

The Blue Jays got homers from J.P. Arencibia and Colby Rasmus to account for all of their runs in the 5-0 game.

Rather than retain Happ as a reliever, the Blue Jays were expected to keep him stretched out by letting him lead Triple-A Buffalo’s rotation initially this season. That only changed at the very end of the spring, when they opted to demote Romero instead. Before that, Happ was frustrated enough with his situation that he considered asking for a trade. It’s safe to say he’s a lot happier now; not only did he get the rotation spot, but he received a two-year, $8.9 million contract at the end of March.

It was a miserable day for the Red Sox. Starter John Lackey, making his return from Tommy John surgery, left clutching his arm in the fifth and was diagnosed with a biceps strain that figures to keep him out for some time. His likely replacement in the rotation, Alfredo Aceves, came in and soon afterwards gave up a three-run bomb to Colby Rasmus.

The Red Sox also went 26 outs between hits. Jacoby Ellsbury started the top of the first with a double, but he was left stranded. The next hit came when Dustin Pedroia collected an infield single with two outs in the ninth. Mike Napoli followed that with a drive to the wall in center, only to be robbed by Rasmus.

  1. proudlycanadian - Apr 6, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    Happ pitched well but did not go very deep into the game. Toronto’s bullpen has been used a lot so far because the starting pitchers have not gone deep into the games. Hopefully Dickey will be able to go at least 7 innings tomorrow.

    • turdfurgerson68 - Apr 6, 2013 at 6:25 PM

      Forget Happ…aw fu*k, didn’t know the Jays have a Loup Garou on the team!!

      Kiss the division goodbye…Blue Jays will be the 2013 AL East champs.

  2. kjericho43 - Apr 6, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    The Red Sox have a potentially decent rotation. But with Morales out, they have no depth. Aceves? No thanks.

    • tfbuckfutter - Apr 6, 2013 at 6:25 PM

      I seriously doubt Ryan Dempster will post an ERA under 5.

      I will happily own up to being wrong if he posts a good season, but I expect nothing from him.

      Whether he ends up on the DL or not, John Lackey’s performance is still a HUGE question mark, but at least he looked pretty decent before leaving.

      Clay and Jon look pretty solid, but to me, 60% of the Sox rotation is questionable, and I don’t think you can reasonably expect for things to fall right in all three cases. At least Farrell’s presence may nudge the odds a bit.

  3. jaysjunkie - Apr 7, 2013 at 12:08 AM

    Happ looked very solid today. Good job by the ‘pen, too. Santos still makes me nervous, though.

  4. dolphincult - Apr 7, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    Might as well get the bullpen action working early…..its been the achillies heel for the BJays for a while. Still waitn for this lineup to show me what all the fuss is about. But just the same, nothn like some good BJay action on a sunday!

  5. hitdog042 - Apr 7, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    The Red Sox have some depth. Allen Webster for one. Ruby Delarosa. Steve Wright. I hate it when people who don’t know say dumb things. They can also trade for a vet like Capuano. Relax.

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