Hill, Halladay shine in spring opener

Hill, Halladay shine in spring opener

BLUE JAYS 4, RED SOX 1
at Dunedin, Fla.
Thursday, March 1

Red Sox at the plate: Boston's lone run came in the seventh inning, when Brandon Moss grounded into a 4-6-3 double play with no outs and the bases loaded. Former Blue Jay Eric Hinske collected a double against Toronto ace Roy Halladay in the first, but was stranded.

Blue Jays at the plate: Second baseman Aaron Hill provided the first Toronto home run of the spring, sending a two-run shot over the left-feild wall in the fourth inning. Alex Rios, who was serving as the designated hitter, doubled and scored on a ground out by center fielder Vernon Wells in the first inning.

Red Sox on the mound: Left-hander Kason Gabbard started for Boston and gave up one run and one hit over two innings. Righty Devern Hansack, who yielded the homer to Hill, gave up two runs on three hits and struck out three in 1 2/3 innings.

Blue Jays on the mound: Halladay turned in two crisp innings for Toronto. The right-hander allowed only one hit and threw 27 pitches, including 19 strikes. All six outs that Halladay recorded came via grounders. Blue Jays closer B.J. Ryan pitched a scoreless third inning.

Grapefruit League records: Red Sox 0-1-1; Blue Jays 1-0.

Up next: Toronto left-hander Gustavo Chacin is scheduled to take the mound against Boston right-hander Kyle Snyder when the Blue Jays take on the Red Sox at 12:30 p.m. ET on Friday at City of Palms Park in Fort Myers, Fla.

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.