Blue Jays - 040 020 000 - 6 8 2After Victor Martinez drove in two quick runs in the first -- Lewis had thrown only nine pitches -- Lackey allowed the first six batters to reach in the second. Then Boston sent ten men to the plate in the home half of the second, six of whom walked (including four of the first five and five of the first seven).
Red Sox - 241 000 00x - 7 8 1
A two-run dong by Jose Bautista in the fifth brought Toronto to within one, but the Sox pitchers allowed only one baserunner after that. Lackey (6-8-6-3-6, 95) retired the next four, Hideki Okajima pitched a perfect seventh, Daniel Bard issued a one-out walk in the eighth, and Jonathan Papelbon kept the ball in the infield for a 1-2-3 ninth.
More good news: The Tigers beat the Yankees 5-4 and the Angels beat the Rays 5-4 in 11 innings.
Brandon Morrow / John Lackey
Lackey has pitched seven innings in each of his last three starts, allowing 3, 3 and 1 runs. ... Boston is 2.5 GB the third-place Jays. Both teams are 12-8 over their last 20 games.Scutaro, SS
Buster Olney, in yesterday's ESPN Insider column: "I'd be stunned if Ortiz finishes the month on the Boston roster." I no longer subscribe to Insider, so I don't know if Olney offered any reason/anonymous source/etc. ... Flo is hitting .286/.333/.762 this month, with 3 taters.
Red Sox team totals, AL ranking among 14 teams:
Batting:Mike Cameron begins a rehab assignment tonight as Pawtucket's DH. He will play center field tomorrow and meet with Sox staff on Wednesday.
1st in H, 2nd in SLG, 3rd in RS & OBP, 4th in BB
14th in RA, 13th in HR, 12th in H, 10th in BB & WHIP
My body feels good. It's been responding to back-to-back days of constant pounding. Other than like general soreness, I've got to let it go. ... I need to go see where I'm at ... I just have to be brutally honest with myself and brutally honest with the staff.Adrian Beltre wore non-prescription glasses last night to protect his eyes from the cold (47 degrees) and wind (20 mph to RF).
My eyes are really sensitive, and every time it's windy, I can't see. ... It was the first time I've ever worn them. Ever. I've had them for many years ... but I never had the guts to use them ... I'll probably use them more often.That's amazing. Never had the guts? I was initially embarrassed to wear my glasses to school back in 6th or 7th grade, but why would a 13-year MLB vet (who plays at the "hot corner") be hesitant to make sure his vision was not blurry during games? Is protecting your eyes against something as innocuous as wind unmanly?
Only two other AL games today: Yankees/Tigers and Rays/Angels.