Mauro Gomez' ninth-inning triple plated both Jacoby Ellsbury and Cody Ross, breaking a 5-5 tie and propelling the Red Sox to an 8-5 victory over the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre in Toronto Friday night.

Gomez, who was one of three Red Sox to come away with a multiple-hit game, added an insurance run when he came in from third on Ryan Lavarnway's sacrifice fly.

It was Lavarnway's three-run home run in the fourth inning that initially tied the game for the Red Sox. The visitors would take a 5-3 lead in the fifth when Daniel Nava notched a two-run single.

With the Pawtucket Red Sox finishing their season with a victory in the International League's Governors Cup Thursday night, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine was asked prior to this team's game against the Blue Jays Friday night if he thought the team could use some additional help via call-ups from the minor leagues.

So a Red Sox lineup stripped down to spare parts couldn’t score a run in a 2-0 loss to the Yankees. No surprise. 

The Red Sox offense, a juggernaut for so much of the last 10 years, has been reduced to perhaps its most enfeebled state this century. On a night when Dustin Pedroia was away from the team after the birth of his second child, a stripped-down Sox lineup was overmatched by Yankees starter Phil Hughes in a 2-0 defeat. 

The Sox now have scored one or fewer runs 24 times this year, tied for the most by the team since 2000. With 18 games remaining, it seems likely that the team will set a new standard for such displays of offensive shortcomings. 

The Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox completed a three-game sweep against the Charlotte Knights (the Triple-A affiliate of the White Sox) with a 4-1 road win on Thursday to claim the team's first Governor's Cup Finals victory since 1984. 

Right-hander Nelson Figueroa allowed one run in six innings for the PawSox, concluding a series in which the team's starters permitted just three runs in 19 frames (1.42 ERA). A trio of PawSox relievers had shutout innings, with Will Inman, Jose De La Torre and Josh Fields all delivering zeros to wrap up the victory. 

Bobby Valentine said that he had not reviewed the incident in which reliever Alfredo Aceves handed off the ball and walked back and around the perimeter of the mound while avoiding any interaction with the Red Sox manager. However, Valentine did say that, in Aceves' case, misbehavior would result in punishment. 

Red Sox principal owner John Henry, asked if Bobby Valentine would be back as manager in 2013, said that the team has yet to make a decision in that regard. 

"We haven't made any decisions about retaining Tom Werner or Bobby Valentine," Henry said in joking reference to Valentine and chairman Tom Werner.

Henry, as he did multiple times in August, did suggest that he did not blame Bobby Valentine for the Sox' struggles this year. 

Red Sox principal owner John Henry, in an interview on the Mut & Merloni show, said that suggestions that the current Red Sox ownership group is exploring the potential sale of the team are inaccurate. Referring specifically to a report from Charlie Gasparino of Fox Business News, Henry said, "I'm disputing his sources. Whatever his sources tell him, I'm completely disputing."

Red Sox principal owner John Henry, in an interview on the Mut & Merloni Show, said that Red Sox CEO Larry Lucchino has signed a contract extension and will be back with the Red Sox in 2013. Lucchino has been with Henry and chairman Tom Werner since the group won the bidding for the club after the 2001 season. To listen to the complete interview, visit the Mut & Merloni audio on demand page.

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Charlie Gasparino of the Fox Business Network joined Mut and Merloni on Thursday to discuss his story about the Red Sox owners "quietly shopping" the team.

Gasparino admitted that he knows very little about baseball, but that he knows the business of sports well and that his information is solid.