Toronto Blue Jays defeat Boston Red Sox, 8-1

TORONTO -- Johnny Damon is due back in Boston in eight days, and the folks planning the actual Second Coming can only wish they'll get the same advance buzz.

The congregation of believers in Coco Crisp, meanwhile, awaits its hero's return from a fractured knuckle, already convinced by Crisp's early showing that Theo Epstein's bloodless, bottom-line decision to let Damon walk is a boon for the Red Sox, even if sales of Coolatas at Dunkin' Donuts have taken a hit.

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TORONTO -- Keith Foulke, who pitched a clutch 1 2/3 innings Friday night, said there's one thing he wants to make clear.

''The thing we have to make sure fans understand is [my knees are] not affecting my pitching," he said. ''They may ache in everyday life, but it's not affecting my pitching."

Foulke, who received injections of artificial joint lubricant in March, said he's not yet ready to ask for more.

''At this point I don't think it's worth it," he said. ''We...