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First impressions from the Red Sox 11-8 win over Toronto

First impressions from the Red Sox 11-8 win over Toronto

TORONTO -- First Impressions from the Red Sox' 11-8 win over Toronto:

* David Ortiz has one more parting gift for a ballpark he's always loved.

Heading into his final regular season game ever at Rogers Centre, Ortiz already held records for most career homers, extra-base hits and RBI for a visiting player.

Evidently, that wasn't enough.

In the sixth inning, Ortiz slammed a three-run homer off Joaquin Benoit giving his 41st homer here, his 108 RBI and 76 extra-base hits.

Ortiz has two career hits off Benoit -- one was a grand slam you might recall in the 2013 ALCS; the other was the three-run homer Sunday.

Two swings, seven RBI.

* There's a limit to how aggressive the Red Sox should be on the bases.

Before Sunday's game, John Farrell talked about the value of taking advantage of every 90 feet they can.

But that aggressiveness can be misplaced at times. It's one thing to force the issue and make the opponent make plays, but there's such a thing as reckless baserunning, too.

Brock Holt would have been out trying to steal third with no out, but Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson dropped the throw.

Later, Holt attempted to steal home in the fifth with two out and was cut down at the plate.

* Clay Buchholz looked nothing like the Clay Buchholz of the last few months.

Buchholz had shone as a spot starter, with a 2-0 mark and 2.31 ERA in his last four outings.

But that Buchholz was nowhere to be found Sunday. He faced 17 hitters and issued four walks, the last of which came with bases loaded. Buchholz had issued just two walks in his previous four outings combined.

He also had done a good job of keeping the ball in the ballpark of late, with just one homer allowed in his 15 previous outings.

That trend, too, was junked when Buchholz gave up a solo shot to Edwin Encarnacion in the first, then a grand slam to Troy Tulowitzki in the third.

In short, this looked more like the Buchholz of April and May instead of the one the Sox have seen in August and September.

Strong Grapefruit League debut for Price

Strong Grapefruit League debut for Price

David Price's Grapefruit League debut was nearly perfect.

The Red Sox left-hander pitched four scoreless innings, allowing a hit and a walk and striking out five in a 7-5 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays in Fort Myers, Fla.

Price threw 55 pitches, 34 for strikes. He cruised through the first on nine pitches. He allowed the single and walk in the second.  

"It feels good. This is March 15 and I've never been able to have a four-pitch mix on March 15," Price told reporters after his start. "I've never been this far along in spring training even though I've only thrown in one game. I'm excited about that."

The Red Sox open March 29 at Tampa Bay, with Chris Sale likely to start. Price will likely pitch the second game of the season, March 30 at Tropicana Field.