Boston Red Sox defeat Toronto Blue Jays, 6-5

Jason Varitek rooted his left leg in the wet dirt 6 inches to the left of home plate, at the mercy of a 235-pound man sprinting at full speed, and he waited.

A catcher’s job description includes many unenviable tasks. Varitek embraces all of them, even this one, even though he knows through experience what the sheer physics entail.

“On my end,’’ Varitek said, “you never win that battle.’’

He hunkered anyway, Travis Snider approaching, Alex Gonzalez’s throw not far be...