Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell isn't surprised that his former team, the Toronto Blue Jays, are working their way back into contention in the AL East.
Farrell will also be hoping that Jon Lester can return to the form he has displayed against Toronto this year in Thursday night's opener of a four-game set at Fenway Park.
Although Toronto (39-38) is still in last place, its deficit behind first-place Boston (47-33) is down to 6 1/2 games with the Blue Jays winning 12 of 14.
Farrell, who managed the Blue Jays for two years before taking over the Red Sox this season, never thought Toronto would continue to flounder after a rough start.
"Not surprised at all. They're pitching much more consistently of late over the last month," Farrell told the Red Sox's official website. "Their bullpen has been outstanding, and they're getting more consistent starting pitching. I think everyone fully anticipated them scoring a lot of runs, but over the stretch that they're on, you can point to...