TORONTO -- The Red Sox finished off their six-game road trip to start the 2012 season with a 1-5 mark, losing their series finale against the Blue Jays Wednesday afternoon, 3-1, at Rogers Centre.

Shutting down the Sox' offense was Jays' starter Ricky Romero, who allowed one run on three hits while striking out five. The lefty turned the ball over to closer Sergio Santos with a two-run lead in the ninth, leaving with runners on second and third and one out. Santos proceeded to strikeout Youkilis and induce a ground ball off the bat of David Ortiz to end the game.

Former Red Sox manager Terry Francona told the Boston Globe that he won't take part in the celebration of the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park on April 20, and said that he cannot envision taking part in team events until an effort is made to determine the organizational sources who raised questions about his personal life after the Sox declined to pick up the two-year option on his contract following the 2011 season.

ESPN analyst Curt Schilling checked in with the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning, shortly after Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine joined D&C and reiterated that he didn't put much stock in Schilling's criticism of him during spring training.

Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine joined the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning, following Tuesday's loss to the Blue Jays that dropped the Sox to 1-4.

"We just haven't put it all together yet," Valentine said. "When we put it all together, I think we'll all be happy. That's what we're waiting for."

TORONTO -- Daniel Bard said following his first major league start that while he was disappointed with the final outcome, he believed the five-inning stint was a step in the right direction in his progression as a starter.

Facing the Blue Jays Tuesday at Rogers Centre, Bard ended up giving up five runs over the five innings, striking out six, walking one and throwing 96 pitches. He left in the sixth inning with his Red Sox trailing 3-1 and runners on first and third with nobody out.

TORONTO -- Ryan Sweeney will get his first day off of the young season, with Darnell McDonald getting the start against Toronto starter Ricky Romero Wednesday afternoon at Rogers Centre. In 16 at-bats against Romero, McDonald is hitting .357 with a .438 on-base percentage.

Kelly Shoppach also gets his second start despite not having a hit in 13 at-bats against Romero, having struck out five times. Here is the lineup:

Jacoby Ellsbury CF

Dustin Pedroia 2B

Adrian Gonzalez 1B

Kevin Youkilis 3B

David Ortiz DH

Darnell McDonald RF

TORONTO -- To understand the seriousness of what Ozzie Guillen said, let Mike Lowell paint what has become a most unappetizing picture.



TORONTO -- Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said after his team's 7-3 loss to the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre Tuesday night that Carl Crawford had flown from Fort Myers, Fla. to Boston to get his left elbow checked. Valentine said the examination was just precautionary.

"Just a little more soreness in his elbow," he said. "Will not keep him form having his at-bats on schedule."

Daniel Bard went five-plus innings and yielded eight hits and five runs in a 7-3 loss to the Blue Jays Tuesday night in Toronto.

Bard, making his first start of his major league career, allowed one run in the first, two in the third and two more in the sixth (both of which scored after Bard departed in favor of reliever Justin Thomas) on the way to the loss, the fourth in the last five games for the Red Sox.

Dustin Pedroia (three hits), Adrian Gonzalez (one double, three RBI) and Kevin Youkilis (two hits) led the Boston offense.

TORONTO -- Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine reported that Daisuke Matsuzaka continued to make progress from his Tommy John surgery, hitting 94 mph on the radar gun in an extended spring training game Tuesday in Fort Myers.

Matsuzaka, who underwent surgery last June, threw 49 pitches and, according to Valentine, displayed a good feel for his changeup.