TORONTO -- Edwin Encarnacion capped a five-run eighth inning for the Blue Jays with a bases-clearing, bases loaded double off reliever Matt Albers, giving the Jays the lead for good in an 11-10 win over the Red Sox Wednesday night at Rogers Centre.
Taking the loss for the Sox was Daniel Bard, who was charged with all five eighth-inning runs, including a bases loaded walk to Jose Bautista with two outs that drove the reliever from the game. The Bautista RBI also ruined Tim Wakefield's chance of winning his 200th career game, with the starter having to settle for a no-decision in his five-inning outing in which he allowed five runs (4 earned), three hits, striking out three and walking three while throwing 91 pitches (46 strikes).
The Red Sox' loss marks the seventh straight start in which Wakefield has failed to lock up win No. 200. It was the third time in the seven starts that Wakefield has left with a lead.
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TORONTO -- Prior to his team's game against the Blue Jays Wednesday night at Rogers Centre, Red Sox manager Terry Francona suggested that he wasn't going to rush to identify a starting shortstop despite the recent solid play of Marco Scutaro.
"I guess it depends on how we’re playing and how guys are playing. I understand the question," said Francona regarding the inquiry about potentially identifying a starter. "I just don’t know how to answer it three weeks ahead of time. It seems like things change daily, if not weekly. I guess I would just fall back on the answer, I’ll put us in what I think is in our best position to win. We’ll see what that is. I don’t think it’s necessary to have one guy be the shortstop. At the same time, maybe there’s a hot hand. I don’t know. We’ll see."
Scutaro had been experiencing a hot streak heading into Wednesday night's game, having hit in 17...
After almost 10 weeks on relative inactivity, the NBA and the player's union have begun dialogue with each other in the hopes of ending the lockout that was imposed by the owners on July 1. The two sides met in New York on Wednesday and told reporters they plan to meet again on Thursday and possibly Friday.
"We agreed that we're going to sit here for as many days as we can to see if we're going to be able to make progress," NBA commissioner David Stern said via CBS Sports writer Ken Berger's Twitter account. Stern also said there was time to come to an agreement that wouldn't impact that scheduled start of the regular season. "Yes," he said. "We have three weeks."
Neither side was expansive with reporters on the subject of the five-hour session and both have pledged to keep their public comments limited while negotiations are ongoing.
Terry Francona made his weekly appearance on The Big Show Wednesday and discussed the status of a pair of injured players, Josh Beckett and J.D. Drew.
Beckett will miss at least a start after spraining his ankle in Toronto on Monday. With the end of the regular season nearing, Francona was asked if the timing of this injury is particularly difficult for the Sox.
"Things happen and you deal with it," Francona said. "You can either choose to deal with it and find a way to win or feel sorry for yourself and make excuses. I don't think we want to do the latter. What we want to do is get Beckett healthy and get him back on the mound when he's supposed to get back on the mound. We don't know when that is yet. For us to go where we want, you need guys like that. We'll get him back on the mound when he's supposed to be. … The five day progression of his starts are very important. So whenever he's able to start it up, that's when we...
TORONTO -- Tim Wakefield will take the mound for the Red Sox on Wednesday vs. the Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre. Wakefield (6-6, 4.95) has been stuck at 199 career wins since July 24, a span that has included six starts for the right-hander. Wakefield will be opposed by Brandon Morrow (9-10, 4.78), who has struggled in his last three starts, losing all three while allowing 14 runs in 16 innings pitched.
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