Toronto Blue Jays defeat Boston Red Sox, 11-5

At some point, a young pitcher is given an opportunity.

Last night, Michael Bowden got his.

With Josh Beckett scratched because of back spasms, Red Sox manager Terry Francona turned to Bowden, who had a chance to pitch what might have been a game clinching a playoff spot.

The champagne was at the ready and a Sox win coupled with a Texas loss would have given Boston a wild-card berth. Players already had planned to stay around and watch the Rangers-Angels game from th...