TORONTO - The Red Sox would love to add another outfielder to the mix with J.D. Drew's back problems of concern. But there doesn't seem to be anyone out there they can get their hands on that they feel would add anything of substance to their team.
The feeling right now, subject to a further setback, is that Drew should be OK in a few days when the back spasms subside. The Sox wanted Brian Giles, but he exercised his no-trade clause so he can continue his lifestyle in San Diego.
If Giles ever had a change of heart, the Padres would have to wait 30 days (from July 31), then put him on irrevocable waivers. He would have to get to the Sox on waivers, and then approve the assignment. Fat chance.
It wasn't what the Blue Jays had hoped to do at this time of the year because Shaun Marcum has been one of their best starters. But not lately. So today the team sent Marcum, who was drilled for five runs against the Sox Friday night, back to Triple-A.
Marcum hasn't been able to locate his pitches well over the past month and so he'll go back to Triple-A to work thing out there rather than trying to work them out here while the Blue Jays are trying to get themselves in wild card position.
The Jays brought up John Parrish, who will be inserted into the rotation.
It's not Jon Lester's day. After allowing six runs on eight hits in the third inning, he departed for Chris Smith. Lester was missing with his pitches from the start of the game. Jose Bautista drove in a run in the second inning with a sac fly after DH Kevin Mench doubled to lead off the inning and advanced to third. In the third, an Alex Cora throwing error didn't help him out, but the Jays have struck for three runs, including a pair of run-producing doubles by Overbay and Mench. After No. 9 hitter John McDonald singled, Francona came out to get his pitcher.
Marco Scutaro's sac fly off Smith has made it 7-0 Jays.