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Red Sox defeat Blue Jays, 3-1

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TORONTO — The Blue Jays were heavy preseason favorites to win the American League East, if not the World Series. A winter of high-profile acquisitions made them the talk of baseball.

The rebuilding Red Sox have assumed that role now. They beat the Blue Jays again, 3-1, Thursday night before a crowd of 25,851 that expended far more energy booing their own desultory team than John Farrell.

It would seem Farrell made the right call when he bolted Toronto after two seasons to return to the Red Sox as their manager. At 20-8, the Sox have the best record in baseball and lead the last-place Jays by 10½ games.

The Sox have taken four of six games against Toronto, all on the road. They have outscored the Jays by 19 runs.

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