Boston Red Sox defeat Toronto Blue Jays, 7-0

BOSTON—Tim Wakefield went from his shortest start in 15 years to one of his best of the season.

The Boston Red Sox showed they can bounce back from disappointment, too.

Wakefield pitched eight innings of shutout ball to help the Red Sox stop their AL East slide with a 7-0 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night. Six days after lasting just 1 2-3 innings against Texas, the 42-year-old knuckleballer gave up just three hits and retired his last 13 batters before...

Even now, the time of year when the standings are more scrutinized than any other, the Toronto Blue Jays managed to sneak up on the Red Sox. They rolled into Fenway Park having won 11 of their last 12 games, forcing folks all over New England to ask yesterday morning: Are the Jays really only 6 1/2 games back for the wild card?

Yes, they were, and the hot streak added a sudden urgency to last night's 7-0 Sox thumping of Toronto in 2 hours 40 minutes, a vital victory cre...