The first homestand of the season has ended with the Blue Jays holding a 4-2 record.
But it was so close to being much better. Toronto came close to sweeping both series.
The Jays had the potential winning run on base in the ninth inning of Sunday's 4-3 loss to Minnesota.
They had the potential winning run at the plate in Thursday's 2-1 loss to Oakland.
Now they hit the road for a 10-game trip to Anaheim, Seattle and Boston.
There are positive signs. The rotation, except for Jo-Jo Reyes' start, a game Toronto won in 10 innings Tuesday, has been good to excellent.
The Jays are being more aggressive on the bases. Although that has backfired at times with needless outs, they are at least establishing a mind-set and putting other teams on notice that they aren't going to be timid.
Even better, they have not forgotten how to hit homers.
Even though the attendance for the Oakland series was not impressive, the crowds for the first three games of the season against Minnesota were big and enthusiastic, suggesting that people have bought into the rebuilding program.
So it has been basically a satisfying first week with a big test ahead.
"I like to think we've got multiple ways to attack our opposition," manager John Farrell said. "We've pitched very well as a whole. You look back at six games here, we've been in every game. We've held leads. It is just a week into the season, but we've gotten off to a decent start."
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