BOSTON -- There will be plenty of opportunities for Blue Jays rookie Kyle Drabek to analyze his starts with his dad. One outing into Kyle's career, Doug Drabek did not offer any critiques, letting his son enjoy everything that comes with a Major League debut.
"He's good at letting me live in the moment," Kyle Drabek said on Friday.
That does not mean Doug Drabek -- a veteran of 13 big league seasons and the National League's Cy Young Award winner in 1990 -- did not take time to pore over video of Kyle's outing Wednesday against the Orioles. Only, it was Kyle Drabek's mom that heard most of the analysis.
"He did make a few jokes," Kyle Drabek said with a laugh. "I guess my mom TiVo'd it and he went home and watched it. She said that my dad started talking about things I was doing wrong."
For now, Kyle Drabek is focusing on everything that went right.
"It was just amazing," he said. "I remember sitting in between innings in the dugout and kind of just looking around, and I started to realize that this is actually happening."
The 22-year-old Drabek did not earn a victory against Baltimore, but the right-hander did notch a quality start, limiting the Orioles to three runs over six innings. He was surprised that he did not feel nervous and was thrilled that his parents, along with his older brother and younger sister, were in the stands.
Drabek also smiled when noting that his dad was also on a mound in Baltimore when he made his first career start on June 15, 1986.
"That's pretty special," said Kyle Drabek, who was acquired from the Phillies as part of the December trade that sent ace Roy Halladay to Philadelphia.
Also special was the moment Kyle Drabek received the news that he was heading to the big leagues. After finishing his season with Double-A New Hampshire, the young pitcher flew home to Houston. His parents were out buying doughnuts when Kyle Drabek woke up to a ringing phone.
On the line was New Hampshire manager Luis Rivera, who told Drabek that he was being promoted to Toronto. The pitcher hung up and headed downstairs, looking for someone to tell the news.
"I caught them just as they were walking in with the doughnuts," he said with a smile. "My mom gave me a hug and started crying and my dad gave me a hug. It was a great moment."
Gaston finds way to get Lewis into lineup
BOSTON -- Manager Cito Gaston had a simple explanation for Fred Lewis' return to the lineup after the outfielder resided on the bench for the previous four games. Lewis was back in the leadoff spot and in left field for Friday's game against the Red Sox.
"I'm just giving him a chance to play -- that's all," Gaston said.
Gaston has had a hard time finding a way to work Lewis into the lineup over the past month and a half and the outfielder's offensive production has decreased in the process. Since the beginning of August, Lewis has hit just .189 over 24 games while dealing with sporadic playing time.
That timeframe coincides with the return of left fielder Travis Snider, who missed roughly two months with a right wrist issue before rejoining the Jays in late July. Snider is considered a big part of Toronto's future plans and Gaston is quick to note that Lewis -- acquired from the Giants in a trade on April 15 -- was initially expected to come off the bench.
"When we got Lewis here," Gaston said, "Lewis was supposed to be a guy that was going to backup on the bench. Snider got hurt and he got a chance to play. Well, Snider is back and we want to give Snider every chance we can to see what he can do."
Lewis first saw an increase in playing time shortly after joining the Jays after third baseman Edwin Encarnacion landed on the disabled list with a left wrist injury. That forced right fielder Jose Bautista to third base on a semi-regular basis, opening the door for Lewis to garner more time in the outfield.
Entering Friday, Lewis was hitting .260 with eight home runs, 31 doubles, 16 stolen bases and 36 RBIs over 108 games for the Blue Jays. Prior to August, when he became less of a regular in the order, Lewis was hitting at a .280 clip.
"I'm pretty sure Fred's not too happy with it," Gaston said. "Because he got a chance to play right away, maybe he thinks that's what was going to happen. We really got him for a backup. That's what we got him for."
Hill exits after getting hit in second inning
BOSTON -- Blue Jays second baseman Aaron Hill exited Friday's game against the Red Sox after two innings. Hill was hit on the right arm with a pitch from Boston right-hander John Lackey during an at-bat in the second inning.
Veteran infielder John McDonald replaced Hill at second base in the third. After being hit by the pitch from Lackey, Hill remained in the game and scored on a second-inning double from Adam Lind. Hill also took the field for the bottom of the frame.
Entering Friday's contest, Hill was hitting .211 with 24 home runs and 63 RBIs through 126 games for the Blue Jays this season. The extent of Hill's injury was not immediately known.