TORONTO -- First impressions from the Red Sox' 8-4 victory over the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre:
*It hardly looked promising for Rick Porcello in the early going, falling behind 2-0 in the first inning and, after the Red Sox had gotten three for him, giving up two more in the third.
But while the line wasn't eye-popping -- six innings, seven hits, four runs - it was, on this day, good enough, thanks to the Red Sox offense.
Porcello couldn't limit the damage done by Josh Donaldson and Jose Bautista, who combined for four hits - three for extra bases, including two two-run homers by Bautista -- and four runs scored.
But he did control the rest of the Toronto lineup, which was just 3-for-21 with seven strikeouts against him.
The way the offense is going in the first week of the season, six innings and four runs allowed was good enough.
*While Porcello was good enough, the same can't be said of Pablo Sandoval. Getting his first start of the year, Sandoval was a mess - striking out three times, finishing the day 0-for-4, committing a throwing error at third, and memorably, having his belt pop open on a swing-and-miss in the fourth inning.
He was the only Red Sox starter in the lineup who didn't have at least one hit.
It will be an adjustment for Sandoval to contribute off the bench. First,nhe's not accustomed to the role, and secondly, he's limited to playing third and, essentially, hitting lefthanded.
But if Sandoval wants to earn back any sliver of playing time, he's got to have a far better day than he had Saturday.
* In stark contrast to Sandoval, Rusney Castillo made far more of hisopportunity as he, too, got his first start of the season.
Castillo had a single and double in four trips to the plate and handled a few chances in center field without any dififculty.
* As a unit, the Red Sox offense continues to impress.
They've scored at least six runs in each of their first four games and have managed to erase the following leads in the last three games: 4-0, 5-1, 1-0, 7-2, 2-0, 4-3.
It's impressive that they've had this kind of offensive production against three top righthanders - Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco and Marcus Stroman -- plus a pitcher (R.A. Dickey) whose unorthodox offerings can be confounding especially early in the season.
* Talked to a National League scout here Saturday, who timed Hanley Ramirez at 4.26 seconds going down to first base on a groundout Friday night.
"That's the hardest I've seen him play in years,'' said the scout.