Some takeaways from Florida Auto Exchange Stadium, where the Red Sox earned a 4-2 win over the Blue Jays.

* While John Farrell may dismiss facing his former team as “just another game,” fans have a different opinion. During batting practice and team introductions, a large contingent of the Toronto faithful in the crowd of 4,824 booed vociferously. Then, following the game, while Farrell was conducting his media session with reporters just outside the visitors' clubhouse, a fan who was exiting the stadium shouted: “You suck Farrell.”

Farrell didn’t initially acknowledge the man, but toward the end of the interview, the Red Sox skipper jokingly said, “OK, you’ll have to excuse me. I have to go meet up with my friend.”

Before the contest, Farrell had dismissed any notion of animosity over his signing to manage the Red Sox as part of an agreement that saw the Blue Jays trade RHP David Carpenter to Boston in exchange for infielder Mike Aviles.

“Well, if memory serves me correct, I was traded,” Farrell said when asked if he had any regrets leaving a team that made waves in the offseason with major acquisitions, including knuckleballer R.A. Dickey and shortstop Jose Reyes. “These questions were raised during the winter meetings, and I spent quite a bit of time talking about it at that time. To go back, my focus is on what the Red Sox need to do to get ready for this season.”

Farrell said he wanted to make the trip with the split squad of players -- the other half went to Port Charlotte to face the Rays -- so he could see knuckleball righty Steven Wright and the hard-throwing right-hander Allen Webster pitch.

“April will get here when it does,” Farrell said in reference to a rivalry brewing. “We’ve got a lot of work to do right now. I’m certainly not looking too far ahead. How that unfolds -- we’ll see. I fully respect that team. They’ve got a darn good team, and I look forward to competing against them.”