Toronto returns home after solid road trip

Toronto returns home after solid road trip

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays returned home Friday for a three-game series against the Texas Rangers after an impressive 7-3 road trip, despite losing two of the final three games to the Boston Red Sox.

The reward was a day off in the schedule on Thursday. When Cito Gaston was asked if he would rather keep playing when the team is going well or have the day off, the Blue Jays manager opted for the latter.

"We needed a day off," Gaston said before Friday's game at Rogers Centre. "We played [20] games in a row, I believe it was. I think it was good just to rest your mind, rest your body a little bit and start up again."

After the Rangers leave, the Minnesota Twins visit for two games before the Blue Jays hit the road again.

The Jays entered the five-game homestand 20-16 overall and that could be considered better than expected as they embark on a rebuilding season. Gaston has liked the way the team has pulled together so far.

"I think one thing that you have to think about is all the guys on this team; they've all helped out," he said. "Some more than others, but that's the way you win.

"If you could look back at that road trip, [Travis] Snider won a couple of ballgames, [Fred] Lewis won a couple, so it's been a team effort all the way around for me from the pitching staff, all the way down to the hitters."