They weren't optimal conditions for Kyle Drabek's last start of the pre-season — rolling, hard showers that swept through the Dunedin park forcing a series of delays. Even the smattering of remaining diehards were anxious to flee once oncoming lightning forced the most committed umpiring crew in baseball history to call the game in the eighth inning.

"As advertised," was how Blue Jays manager John Farrell summed up his impression of the highly touted rookie in the aftermath of a 3-2 loss to the Boston Red Sox on Monday.

Drabek notched five strikeouts against no bases on balls over five innings against a Red Sox squad featuring a few regulars like Dustin Pedroia and Adrian Gonzalez.