Brett Lawrie’s last tweet during the Blue Jays home opener on Tuesday night was: “Boys r lookin sharp tonight !!”

Clearly the injured Jays’ third baseman was not keeping a close eye on his own position. Did the Jays miss Lawrie in the 4-1 home opening loss to the Cleveland Indians? Did they ever, defensively and with the bat.

If Lawrie, who is still recovering from a strained rib cage on his left side, had played Tuesday night, he would have likely batted fifth. Instead, Adam Lind, the DH, batted fifth and went 0-for-4, with one strikeout while hitting into a double play in the third with the bases loaded. Lawrie has hit .279 during his career with runners in scoring position.

Defensively, the Langley, B.C. native likely would have made a difference as well. Maicer Izturis, who is mainly a middle infielder, filled in a third and struggled at times. In the second inning, Cleveland rightfielder Drew Stubbs hit a single to third base, which scored Mark Reynolds, a hit that Lawrie probably would have pulled in. And in the top of the seventh, Izturis was slapped with an error, which allowed Michael Bourn to reach base, though no runs scored in the inning. Not that manager John Gibbons was ready throw Izturis under the bus.