Marco Estrada was solid over five innings but the Toronto Blue Jays fell 2-0 to the Philadelphia Phillies in a rain-shortened six-plus innings in Clearwater.
Estrada surrendered two runs on four hits and a walk while adding five strikeouts but was outduelled by Phillies righty Ben Lively who threw five frames of shutout ball. Pedro Florimon and Collin Cowgill drove in the Phillies' only runs.
Relieving Estrada was Canadian John Axford, who continued his strong bid for a bullpen spot with a clean inning of work before the skies gave way in the seventh inning.
Devon Travis collected two hits while Yangervis Solarte, Aledmys Diaz and Kevin Pillar added one each to give the Jays their only five hits on the day.
Misplaying a pair of balls in right field was Teoscar Hernandez, who is expected to start the season in Triple-A with Randal Grichuk's return from a rig cage injury still set for Wednesday. With a spring OPS of .998, TSN's Scott Mitchell notes the Jays feel comfortable with Hernandez as one of their internal options in the outfield should someone get hurt or struggle early on.
Earlier in the day, manager John Gibbons named lefty J.A. Happ his Opening Day starter against the Yankees on Mar. 29, to be followed on the weekend by Aaron Sanchez, Marco Estrada, Marcus Stroman and Jaime Garcia.
The Jays will be back in action Wednesday in Dunedin when they host the Phillies.