Boston Red Sox defeat Toronto Blue Jays, 5-3

TORONTO -- While one future Hall of Famer, Alex Rodriguez, has rocketed this month to heights reached by only a few players, another future Hall of Famer, Manny Ramírez, has been hovering beneath the Mendoza Line, a low-rent district in which he has seldom appeared over the course of his career.

That should help explain why the Red Sox, on the eve of their first meeting of 2007 with the Yankees this weekend in the Fens, were as excited about Ramírez's first home run of ...