Jays manager Farrell empathizes with Valentine


BOSTON (AP) - Toronto manager John Farrell feels for Boston manager Bobby Valentine in a disappointing season for both injury-filled teams.

Amid speculation that he could be considered to take over the Red Sox if Valentine is let go, the Blue Jays skipper said Friday night he's focusing on his current job.

Toronto went into the opener of the three-game series against Boston in last place in the AL East with a 61-75 record, 15 1-2 games out of first. The Red Sox were one spot ahead of the Blue Jays at 63-75.

Boston was interested in Farrell after Terry Francona was let go as manager after last season, but hiring him would have required compensation to Toronto. That's still the case, with Farrell having one year left on his three-year contract.