MLB Preview: Boston Red Sox John Farrell Returns to Face Toronto Blue Jays

John Farrell

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The Boston Red Sox have started the season 2-1 in an opening week series against the New York Yankees. The Red Sox took the first two games, starting the season 2-0 for the first time since 1999, while the Yankees were able to take the third game.

Next up for the Red Sox is another divisional opponent in the Toronto Blue Jays. This marks the first game back in Toronto for their former Manager, John Farrell. Prior to coming to Boston this offseason, Farrell had spent two seasons as the skipper north of the border. Farrell went 154-170 while with the Blue Jays, finishing in fourth place in the AL East in both seasons.

After the the firing of Bobby Valentine, the Red Sox welcomed Farrell back into Fenway Park with open arms. The former Red Sox pitching coach is a fan favorite in Boston, Mass. and Red Sox Nation is hoping he is the answer to their issues of 2012.

Felix Doubront will take the mound for the first time this season for the Red Sox. Last season, Doubront was 11-10 with a 4.86 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 167 strikeouts over 161.0 innings. The left hander remarkably was one of the better starters in the rotation, even with his ERA and WHIP numbers.

The new look Blue Jays will send Josh Johnson to the mound to face the Red Sox. Johnson was acquired from the Miami Marlins in this past offseason’s blockbuster trade, which also involved acquiring Jose Reyes. Last season for the Marlins, Johnson posted a 8-14 record with a 3.81 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 165 strikeouts. Although the 29-year-old has a history of injuries, he managed to stay healthy last season and the Blue Jays hope he will this season.

It will be interesting to see the kind of reception Farrell gets on Friday night from the Blue Jays’ fans. The Red Sox skipper is hoping to lead his team to victory, even if its against his former club. First pitch is scheduled for 7:07 p.m. eastern.


Justin Soderberg is a Boston Red Sox writer for Follow him on Twitter, ”Like” him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google.

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