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Cecil stumbles in first Class AA start

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--LHP Brett Cecil made his first start with Class AA New Hampshire on Monday and took a 5-2 loss against Reading. Cecil, who was demoted at the end of spring training to work on his mechanics, allowed 11 hits and five runs (four earned) in 6 2/3 innings. He struck out seven and did not walk a batter

--LHP Ricky Romero hopes to continue his run of good fortune against the Red Sox, having beaten them in consecutive starts last September. He allowed a total of four earned runs in 14 2/3 innings in those outings. However, for his career, Romero is 4-6 with a 7.12 ERA in 13 career starts against Boston.

--RF Jose Bautista has hit more home runs against the Red Sox than against any other team in his career, 16. However, he went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in Tuesday's loss to Boston. Bautista has hit 15 homers each against the Twins and Orioles, and 13 against the Yankees.

--RHP Sergio Santos is 0-for-2 in save opportunities after allowing three runs to the Red Sox in the ninth inning Monday in a 4-2 loss in the Blue Jays' home opener. "Sergio's our closer," manager John Farrell said. Santos, 28, and his wife are expecting the birth of their third child in California on Thursday, and Santos will be leaving the team following Wednesday's afternoon game against the Red Sox. The Blue Jays have an off day Thursday and open a three-game series Friday at home against Baltimore. Santos is expected to be back with the team Saturday.

--DH Edwin Encarnacion hit his first home run of the season Tuesday in the seventh inning against Boston's Michael Bowden. He also drove in a run in the first inning with an infield single, and he has six RBI on the season. Not satisfied, he also stole two bases. It was the third time in his career that he had two stolen bases in a game. The previous time was Sept. 5, 2011, against the Red Sox.

--2B Kelly Johnson was 1-for-4 in Tuesday's 7-3 win over Boston. He is batting .333 and has a hit in each of Toronto's five games.

BY THE NUMBERS
653 -- Home runs hit by the Blue Jays from 2009-12 after DH Edwin Encarnacion homered in the seventh inning of Tuesday's 7-3 win over Boston. Only the Yankees, with 671, have hit more homers during that time.

QUOTE TO NOTE
"He didn't rely on trying to get more velocity. He continued to pitch. I think the two-seamer that he's using kept the ball on the ground for the most part. And I think tonight was another step and a sign that he's maturing as a pitcher." -- Manager John Farrell, on RHP Kyle Drabek working his way out of trouble in the second inning on the way to his first major league win since June 7.

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