Boston Red Sox defeat Toronto Blue Jays, 13-12

TORONTO (AP) Jason Varitek needed a little extra time to ice his aching body after this seesaw slugfest.

Varitek had four RBIs, Marco Scutaro scored a career-high four runs and the Boston Red Sox held off the Toronto Blue Jays 13-12 on Monday night.

"I would have taken a 2-1 game rather than a 4-hour game behind the plate, to be honest with you," Varitek said with a laugh. "I was a little tired after about the fourth inning."

Varitek went 3 for 5 with a pair of tw...

TORONTO — Daisuke Matsuzaka went into yesterday’s simulated game in Toronto just wanting to show the manager and coaching staff of the Red Sox he was ready. He did that, with his skipper and pitching coach expressing anticipation for his first start of the season, Saturday in Baltimore.

“He threw the ball pretty well,’’ said manager Terry Francona, who added that he umpired the simulated game. “Cutter had some power behind it. That was good to see. Breaking ball had som...

TORONTO — The best pitching performance by a starter at Rogers Centre last night came long before the first pitch was thrown. Daisuke Matsuzaka stepped onto the mound in Toronto for a simulated game, and demonstrated command and feel in preparation for his return to the rotation.

That was far more than could be said for either Dana Eveland or Josh Beckett. The Blue Jays starter gave up four runs in the third inning, then the Red Sox starter yielded six in the bottom hal...