Farrell returns to Fenway, a 'special environment'

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:33 AM ET

BOSTON - Blue Jays manager John Farrell isn’t quite returning to the scene of the crime, but close.

On Friday he returns to Fenway Park as manager of the Blue Jays following four seasons as the Red Sox pitching coach.

“I think for everybody that plays in the American League, going into Boston is a special environment,” Farrell said when asked about his emotions upon returning for the four-game series.

“There will be more significance having worked there for four years. It will be a different view of the ballpark sitting on the third-base side, I know that. For four years, I have stared at that Green Monster right in my face. It’s just a good place, it’s a great place, and we’re looking forward to the four-game series.”

However, just because he was Boston’s pitching coach he doesn’t believe that will lead to any added benefit to the Jays this series.

“I don’t know that if it’s an edge,” Farrell said.

“I think how the game unfolds and the opportunities that are presented, maybe we can look to take advantage of certain things, or try to exploit certain opportunities. But I don’t think that’s any different than what we saw in Anaheim or what we have seen at home.”

THIS AND THAT

OF Corey Patterson has had three consecutive multi-hit games since coming off the disabled list ... SS Yunel Escobar has reached base safely in all 10 games (nine starts) that he has appeared in this season ... RHP Carlos Villanueva has allowed just one hit (a solo home run) this season. Opposing batters have gone 1-for-18 (.055) against him. Right-handers are 0-for-10 against him.

ON THE FARM

Outfielder Scott Podsednik, who is suffering with plantar fasciitis, on Thursday played in his first game since March 13, going 2-for-4 including a home run in an extended spring training game against the Yankees.

“My foot feels good,” Podsednik said. “The training staff has done a real good job putting the plan together that has gone well.”

Podsednik originally had the inside track to be the Jays’ fourth outfielder but those plans went out the window early in spring when his foot problems resurfaced.

That job has now been filled by Patterson, who has taken over in centre field for Rajai Davis, who went on the disabled list this week after reaggravating a right ankle injury.

The plan for Podsednik is for him to continue to rehab in Florida at extended spring training before being sent to triple-A Las Vegas.


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