Game over: Blue Jays 1, Red Sox 0
Rookie Brett Lawrie crushed a Wheeler pitch into the stands in center with two outs to end it. Knew that was coming eventually.
Back later with a report on Beckett. The Sox are now 2.5 games out and have dropped four of five.
Middle of the 11th: Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 0
The Sox went in order against Shawn Camp. Now Wheeler is on. The Sox are 0 for 8 since Reddick doubled in the ninth.
They’re playing with fire at this point.
Top of the 11th: Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 0
Molina reached on a single to the left side, a play Aviles probably should have made. Wise struck out trying to bunt. Pinch runner Chris Woodward went to second on an errant pickoff throw because Red Sox pitchers are really bad at that.
Pinch hitter Mark Teahen walked but Papelbon came back to strike out Thames on three pitches. Jose Bautista was next and he walked to load the bases, who struck out on three pitches.
Papelbon threw 27 pitches, so he’s done for today almost certainly.
Middle of the 10th: Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 0
Gonzalez walked with two outs. Aviles ran for him but Ortiz grounded into the shift as the third baseman was standing in shallow right field.
Papelbon in to face Molina, Wise and McCoy.
Top of the 10th: Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 0
1-2-3 inning for Bard. He struck out Encarnacion, got Johnson on a deep fly to center and Lawrie on a tapper back to the mound.
Bonus baseball on the holiday. It’s the All-American way here in Canada.
Middle of the 9th: Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 0
Crawford croaked one to center but Wise made a nice running catch. Reddick (2 for 4) then doubled. But Varitek struck out before Scutaro lined to left. Red Sox have made some decent contact today with little to show for it.
Bard stays in for Encarnacion, Johnson and Lawrie.
Top of the 9th: Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 0
Aceves struck out Wise. Then he walked McCoy and hit Thames. Bard came in and got Bautista to pop to right before striking out Lind.
Aceves went 3.2 scoreless More great work from him on relief. Now Frank Francisco comes in for the Jays.
Yankees are up 11-8 against Baltimore.
Middle of the 8th: Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 0
With Casey Janssen pitching, Gonzalez doubled with two outs. The Blue Jays then intentionally walked Ortiz to get to Youkilis and he struck out looking to end the inning.
Top of the 8th: Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 0
Lawrie walked with one out then Aceves got Molina to tap into a room service 6-4-3 double play.
Maybe Lawrie can fight Lowrie later on. Although the last thing Jed needs is something taking a swing at him.
Middle of the 7th: Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 0
Another squander. Youkilis walked and took second on a one-out single by Reddick. But Vaitek grounded to first and Scutaro grounded to short.
The Sox have left six on base (five in scoring position) and are 0 for 5 with RISP.
Top of the 7th: Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 0
Lind singled with one out before Encarnacion bounced into a double play. Aceves, getting work done on Labour Day.
Good news for the Sox: Alvarez is out of the game after shutting them out for six inning on four hits. Carlos Villaneuva is pitching.
Middle of the 6th: Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 0
The Sox are getting embarrassed by Alvarez. Pedroia grounded to third. Gonzalez struck out for the second time and Ortiz lined to right.
Top of the 6th: Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 0
Aceves struck out the side. It’s pretty amazing how he can pitch well in almost any situation.
Middle of the 5th: Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 0
Scutaro (2 for 2) had a double with one out. Ellsbury then grounded to the pitcher and Scutaro was caught off the bag. As the Jays tracked him down, Ellsbury tried for second and was thrown out there.
Then Buttermaker hit Tanner with his hat and Kelly Leak drove up on his motorcycle and started chatting up Amanda.
Top of the 5th: Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 0
Aceves walked Lawrie but ended the inning by getting Molina on a fly ball to right.
Breaking: Beckett leaves game
Josh Beckett left the game with two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning with what appears to be a leg injury.
After throwing a pitch to Brett Lawrie, Beckett walked behind the mound and catcher Jason Varitek signaled for Terry Francona and a trainer. Beckett then came out of the game walking gingerly.
No announcement has been made yet.
Before the game today, Francona said the Sox were planning to give Beckett an extra day off before his next two starts, so perhaps he has been dealing with a physical issue that was kept hidden.
Alfredo Aceves is now pitching.
Middle of the 4th: Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 0
The Sox let another chance get away. Ortiz singled with one out. Youkilis (2 for 14 since coming back) popped to right. Crawford then walked, but Reddick struck out looking.
Top of the 4th: Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 0
1-2-3 inning for Beckett as he fanned Bautista again after making Thames look silly with a curveball.
Middle of the 3rd: Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 0
Alvarez was perfect until Scitaro singled with two outs, the ball deflecting off the glove of McCoy at shortstop. Ellsbury followed with a double to left. Scutaro was held at third, a good move by Tim Bogar as he would have been out by 20 feet. Pedroia, however, grounded to third.
Pedroia is 0 for his last 7. He was literally shaking his head as he ran to first.
Top of the 3rd: Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 0
Johnson singled and was forced at second when Lawrie grounded to third. Lawrie then stole second and took third when Molina grounded out. Beckett whiffed Wise to end the inning and leave another runner stranded in scoring position.
Middle of the 2nd: Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 0
Six up and six down for the kid. Johnson made a nice play at second base on a ball up the middle to get Crawford and end the inning.
Top of the 2nd: Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 0
That was a more strenuous inning for Beckett than it should have been. McCoy singled and went to second when Thames grounded to first, Beckett struck Bautista out looking then walked Lind. After McCoy stole third, Encarnacion struck out swinging to end the inning after 21 pitches.
Middle of the 1st: Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 0
Alvarez retired the side in order. Ellsbury and Pedroia flied to center and Gonzalez crushed a line drive to left field that Thames went back to catch.
Not only is the crowd sparse, it’s quiet. But hard to expect more. Toronto has dropped 11 of 16 and has a lineup of Bautista, Lind, Lawrie and a bunch of spare parts.
Pre-game: Good afternoon from Toronto where a sparse crowd is gathered to see the Red Sox face the Blue Jays. It’ll be Josh Beckett against 21-year-old Henderson Alvarez.
We’ll have updates all game here. We welcome your comments, as always.