Boston Red Sox defeat Toronto Blue Jays, 2-1

TORONTO — Fabio Castro’s presence in the Red Sox clubhouse yesterday was hardly a matter of merit.

His 8.10 ERA in Triple A was beside the point, though. It was his freshness and his ability to throw multiple innings that mattered, as Castro gave up his start for Pawtucket to sit in the bullpen at Rogers Centre for at least one night.

The Sox bullpen has been devastated, both because the relievers have had to throw far too many innings and because they have hardly succe...

TORONTO — On a night in which desperation was evident in their transactions, the Red Sox (and their relievers) were saved by Clay Buchholz. They needed excellence and they also needed innings. They got both.

There was Buchholz, cruising through eight innings of last night’s game, having given up a single run. He was keeping the Sox in it against Shaun Marcum and the Blue Jays. He was proving the Red Sox wise for moving Tim Wakefield to the bullpen, and keeping Buchholz ...

TORONTO — Red Sox manager Terry Francona did what he thought made sense last week by putting Dustin Pedroia into the third spot of the batting order. The Sox were desperate to score and Pedroia was their hottest hitter.

But the second baseman had one hit in the 18 at-bats that followed. His batting average plunged and his hot start was forgotten.

Pedroia was plugged back into the second spot Saturday and probably won’t be leaving there any time soon. He singled and s...