After getting their first look at one starting pitcher who was acquired in their November megadeal, the Toronto Blue Jays will get to see the other in their next game.
The Blue Jays got Johnson, Mark Buehrle and Jose Reyes as part of a 12-player deal with Miami on Nov. 19, and while Buehrle wasn't at his best Thursday, Toronto's offense woke up in the series finale against Cleveland.
After producing a combined three runs and nine hits in back-to-back defeats, the Blue Jays matched that hit total and had five home runs in a 10-8 victory. J.P. Arencibia had two of those longballs and Jose Bautista hit his second in as many games.
"I think everyone has an idea of what this offense is capable of," Arencibia said. "Two games don't make your season and no one's worried. Everyone knows what we have in this clubhouse."
Bautista twisted his ankle while beating out an attempted double play relay in the eighth inning but doesn't expect to miss any time.
"Hopefully tomorrow I'll wake up great and I'll be in the lineup and go beat the Red Sox," he said.
The Blue Jays will try to keep hitting in support of Johnson, a two-time All-Star in Miami. The right-hander, though, had one of his worst campaigns in 2012 as he went 8-14 with a 3.81 ERA, his highest in five seasons.
That didn't change manager John Gibbons ' opinion when the trade was completed in November.
" Josh Johnson , arguably, over the last few years was the most sought out pitcher out there," Gibbons said.
Perhaps Johnson was coveted by Gibbons for his strong record against AL teams, 8-3 with a 2.95 ERA in 17 starts. He was 6-1 with a 1.80 ERA in his last 10, a stretch that included a 4-1 win over Boston on June 11 as he allowed one run over seven innings.
This time, he'll face a team that started hot in its season-opening series with the New York Yankees but cooled off a bit in Thursday's 4-2 defeat. The Red Sox had a combined 15 runs and 26 hits in the first two games but had nine hits in the finale.
Boston's chance to bounce back from that defeat will also mark Farrell's return to Toronto, where he managed the previous two seasons and went 154-170.
"Definitely looking forward to it," he told the team's website. "They've got a good team. We're looking to compete against them. I'm sure the excitement that's around the Blue Jays because of the changes they've gone through in the offseason, this will be a very good challenge for us."
Farrell is slated to give the ball to Felix Doubront , who was 11-10 with a 4.86 ERA in 29 starts last season after pitching out of the bullpen in 23 of 26 appearances in 2010 and 2011. The left-hander was 10-4 with a 4.24 ERA in his first 18 starts but 1-6 with a 5.95 ERA over his last 11.
He went 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA in his final two matchups with the Blue Jays last season but was 1-0 with a 3.18 ERA in his two starts in Toronto.
|Boston Red Sox|
|March 27, 2013||Stephen Drew||7-Day DL||Concussion|
|March 22, 2013||Franklin Morales||15-Day DL||Strained lower back|
|March 22, 2013||Craig Breslow||15-Day DL||Left shoulder tendinitis|
|March 22, 2013||David Ortiz||15-Day DL||Right Achilles soreness|
|February 20, 2013||Ryan Kalish||60-Day DL||Recovery from right shoulder surgery|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|April 04, 2013||Jose Bautista||Day-to-Day||Left game - Twisted ankle|
|March 27, 2013||Dustin McGowan||15-Day DL||Sore right shoulder|
|March 25, 2013||Brett Lawrie||Day-to-Day||Strained rib|
|March 22, 2013||Drew Hutchison||60-Day DL||Recovery from right elbow surgery|
|March 22, 2013||Brett Lawrie||15-Day DL||Strained left ribcage|
|March 22, 2013||Michael Schwimer||15-Day DL||Right shoulder strain|
TORONTO (AP) -- John Farrell and the Boston Red Sox weren't fazed by a hostile reception from Toronto's fans. Instead, they turned all the boos into a boost of energy.
Mike Napoli hit a two-run homer and drove in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning, and the Red Sox beat the Blue Jays 6-4 on Friday night in Farrell's return to Toronto.
A packed house of 45,328 let Farrell have it all night. The former Toronto manager left the Blue Jays last fall to replace Bobby Valentine in Boston.
"Anytime you get this kind of atmosphere at home or on the road, this is what guys thrive on," Farrell said. "To have that kind of atmosphere, we'll take it every night."
Farrell was jeered during batting practice and when he came to home plate to exchange lineup cards, doffing his cap on his way back to the bench.
The ill will continued throughout, with Farrell getting booed when he came out to check on injured shortstop Jose Iglesias , and again when he made a pitching change in the sixth.
Even pitching coach Juan Nieves heard it when he came to the mound, a possible case of mistaken identity.
"I think anybody in a gray uniform was going to take it in some form or fashion," Farrell said.
The outpouring of anger and emotion seemed to fire up the Red Sox.
"It was fun for me," Napoli said. "I like when the crowd's like that. You go into the opposing stadium and they're loud, they're cheering for their team."
Dustin Pedroia felt the same way.
"It was fun," he said. "Packed house, they were loud. It was a good time."
Will Middlebrooks added a solo shot for Boston and Junichi Tazawa (1-0) got the win despite allowing a tying homer to Jose Reyes in the seventh.
Napoli's opposite field shot in the fifth was Boston's first home run of the season and just his third base hit.
"It always feels good to hit a homer," Napoli said. "I haven't been feeling too good at the plate. My timing's been off a little bit. I've been working every day with it and feeling better and better every at bat."
Andrew Bailey pitched the eighth and Joel Hanrahan finished for his second save.
Reyes went 4 for 5 with two RBIs and Josh Johnson gave up nine hits over six innings in his Toronto debut, but second baseman Emilio Bonifacio made three fielding errors and struck out four times.
"We haven't put it all together yet," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "Too many mistakes tonight, very rarely are you going to win those kind of games."
Pinch-hitter Jonny Gomes drew a one-out walk from Esmil Rogers (0-1) in the eighth and went to third on Pedroia's double off the wall. Napoli followed with a grounder to third that was gloved by Maicer Izturis , who fell down on the play and couldn't recover quickly enough to throw home.
"The key was Jonny Gomes getting on base," Farrell said.
The Blue Jays put runners at second and third with one out in the bottom half, but Bailey got Adam Lind and Izturis to fly out.
Middlebrooks gave the Red Sox some insurance with a line-drive homer to left off Jeremy Jeffress in the ninth.
Toronto's Mark DeRosa hit a solo homer in the fifth, his first in three years, a drive that bounced off the top of the center-field wall and went out.
Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista was held out of the lineup with a sore right ankle and replaced by Rajai Davis . The two-time major league home run leader hurt his ankle stepping on first base while beating out a double play in the eighth inning of Thursday's 10-8 win over Cleveland.
Boston opened the scoring in the second when Shane Victorino scored on Jacoby Ellsbury 's bases-loaded single, but Toronto tied it in the bottom half on DeRosa's sacrifice fly.
Back-to-back errors by second baseman Emilio Bonifacio gave the Red Sox runners at first and second with one out in the fourth, and pinch-hitter Pedro Ciriaco followed with an RBI single.
Napoli's first homer of the year made it 4-1 in the fifth, but DeRosa cut it to 4-2 by leading off the bottom half with his first homer since April 5, 2010, when he went deep for San Francisco at Houston.
Izturis followed with a single and scored when Jackie Bradley Jr. couldn't come up with Reyes' double into the left-field corner. Reyes was thrown out trying to stretch it into a triple.
Toronto scored in the seventh when Reyes hit a one-out homer to right off Tazawa, his first with the Blue Jays.
Boston left-hander Felix Doubront allowed three runs and nine hits in five-plus innings. He walked none and struck out six.
"I thought tonight he had his best stuff of the year," Farrell said. "He was downhill consistently, he had an outstanding changeup, he was powerful. A good step forward for him."
Johnson allowed four runs, three earned. He walked two, one intentional, and struck out six.
NOTES: Iglesias left in the fourth with a bruised right arm, two innings after he was hit near the elbow by a pitch. He was replaced by Ciriaco. ... Red Sox SS Stephen Drew (concussion) went 1 for 3 in seven innings with Double-A Portland. ... Boston DH David Ortiz (right Achilles) ran in the outfield in Florida and remained on track to play in extended spring training games starting Monday. ... Gibbons said Bautista will DH if he returns to the lineup Saturday.