Early mistakes costly for Blue Jays starter Francisco Liriano

The report didn't say what Eckersley left and Price argued about

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The difference is they are talking from opposite ends of the American League East standings.

After a lengthy pre-game ceremony celebrating Canada's 150th anniversary had the 46,672 fans at Rogers Centre energized, the Red Sox starter struck out 11 over seven scoreless innings to lift Boston over the Blue Jays 7-1 on Saturday to quiet the crowd along with Toronto's bats.

The roster has undergone some changes since Mark Shapiro and Ross Atkins were hired in the front office, but this is still largely a team that was put together by Alex Anthopoulos, the former Jays' GM. But giving up four runs in the first two innings was all the damage the Red Sox would need with their ace, Chris Sale, on the mound.

Blaine Boyer pitched the eighth and Robby Scott gave up Steve Pearce's solo homer in the ninth. The drive was Tulowitzki's third in six games. "We're still waiting on that".

Farrell will be back in Toronto for the game Sunday. The Blue Jays are 2-6 in their past eight home games.

Yes it's early, and it's still feasible for the Blue Jays to get hot and get right back in the thick of things.

"Guys still believe in the club and who we have here", said Barney. "A lot of hard work goes into this and a lot of people helping me out, too".

The Blue Jays have based their hope on the parity they see in the American League.

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"It got to a point where if I went to the corners, it wasn't getting called and I really didn't have a good feel for anything, so it's no one's fault but mine", said Estrada. "Last year after Canada Day (when they lost in 19 innings), I think we won 11 in a row after that". I don't think guys are hanging their heads in here. "We know it's an important time but every game is important".

Aaron Sanchez's return is expected over the next week or so, barring setbacks, and that could lead to Joe Biagini returning to an overworked bullpen that is now relying on several minor-league pitchers.

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons thought Tulowitzki wasn't being aggressive enough when he returned in late May from the hamstring injury that cost him a little more than a month, but even when he does make contact, it hasn't been with the same type of authority that we're used to seeing. Danny Barnes got the final two outs of the inning. I have a job to do, same as it always has been since I was a kid.

Still, the Jays' list of things to improve is long, and they have yet to play any solid, consistent baseball that would indicate a dramatic turnaround is on the near horizon.

"For the first time starting, he has taken his lumps here and there, but he's still learning how to do it at this level". He is 3-3 with a 5.11 ERA in seven career starts against the Red Sox.

The extra attention that comes with playing for the Red Sox wasn't going to be an issue for him like it had, and continues to be, for so many, he said. On Saturday, Boston made it two straight with a 7-1 win.

He is 4-1 with a 2.66 ERA over his past eight starts dating to May 20 and has 50 strikeouts, 11 walks and an opponents' batting average of.257 over 44 innings during that span.

He appeared to be turning things around over his last outing, going seven innings and allowing just three runs despite taking the loss in a 3-2 defeat to Kansas City.

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