Don't blame the Blue Jays for wanting to leave home.
Toronto wrapped up its first week of the regular season with a 2-4 mark, with all six games played inside the cavernous Rogers Centre. The Jays capped the week with a 13-0 drubbing at the hands of the Red Sox, as ace hurler R.A. Dickey dropped his second decision of the homestand.
"We know it has only been six games, we'll turn it around," said shortstop Jose Reyes. "That's not the way we expected to play, but this is baseball, and there's still a lot of baseball left. It's not how you start, it's how you finish. We have a lot of confidence in this ballclub, and like I said, we're going to be fine. So there's nothing to worry about."
The Blue Jays hope to have their star right fielder back in the lineup by Tuesday's opener in Detroit. Jose Bautista missed the past three games because of a twisted right ankle, suffered Thursday attempting to beat out a double play.
"We're not in the hunt for the playoffs yet, and we have great players on our bench that are probably starters on different teams, so there's not that pressing need to run out there not being 100 percent," Bautista said.
Bautista said he is confident he will return Tuesday, though he wasn't sure if he would play the field.
With Brandon Morrow on the mound for Toronto, Bautista and the Jays bats will take their hacks against Anibal Sanchez. The Tigers right-hander blanked the Twins over five innings in his first start Wednesday, allowing only two hits, but taking a no-decision, as Detroit lost, 3-2.
Tigers skipper Jim Leyland anticipates a Blue Jays team more than up to the task.
"They've transformed their team into a little bit of a different team obviously," Leyland said. "They went out and they spent some money and got some players. People are excited up there, and I think Toronto's one of the places that's drawn over 4 million people in their time, so you know the passion's there. Like a lot of places, if you've got a good team, the more people come out. It's pretty simple. They're good."
Blue Jays: Toronto claims Gonzalez
• The Blue Jays selected right-hander Edgar Gonzalez off waivers from the Astros on Sunday. Houston designated the 30-year-old for assignment on Friday. Gonzalez went 3-1 with a 5.04 ERA for the Astros in 2012, and posted a 3.46 ERA in 13 innings of Grapefruit League action this spring.
• The Blue Jays still aren't sure of a timetable for third baseman Brett Lawrie. The 23-year-old took part in light drills Saturday. Lawrie injured the left side of his ribs while preparing for the World Baseball Classic in early March.
Tigers: Avila welcomes daughter
• Catcher Alex Avila's wife, Kristina, gave birth to a daughter, Avery Noelle Avila, on Sunday morning. Teammate Don Kelly reported that the child and mother are both doing fine.
Brayan Pena took Avila's place in the lineup Sunday, though he was scheduled to start anyway with southpaw CC Sabathia on the mound for the Yankees.
• After shaky relief appearances Sunday, southpaw Phil Coke is now sporting a 16.20 ERA (three runs on five hits in 1 2/3 innings) and Octavio Dotel has a 10.80 mark (two runs on three hits in 1 2/3 innings). Right-hander Brayan Villarreal has compiled a 33.75 ERA (five runs on five hits in 1 1/3 innings).
• The Tigers won four of six contests against the Blue Jays last season.
• Dickey surrendered five runs before recording an out on Sunday. He allowed a total of five first-inning runs -- four earned -- all last season, when he won the National League Cy Young Award with the Mets.