Toronto Blue Jays defeat Boston Red Sox, 11-9

Red Sox managers Don Zimmer and Eddie Kasko, base-stealing great Tommy Harper, infielder John Valentin, and outfielder Jimmy Piersall, whose antics inspired the movie “Fear Strikes Out,’’ were introduced before last night’s game as the Red Sox Hall of Fame Class of 2010.

Tom Brunansky was recognized for the annual “memorable moment’’ induction, his sliding catch in right field that clinched the 1990 AL East title.

Zimmer, who managed the Sox from 1976-80, was tearful...

“Four more years! Four more years!’’

OK, nobody was chanting that at Fenway Park last night when John Lackey came off the mound after 4 1/3 innings in which he allowed six earned runs and eight hits in a game the Red Sox lost, 11-9.

Lackey has four more years remaining on his massive contract and his 12-11 record and 4.63 ERA weren’t quite what the Red Sox had in mind when they signed him, but remember Josh Beckett’s first season with the team wasn’t a gem either.


It was a head-scratcher for John Lackey, too.

Normally, he said, if the Blue Jays were going to rough you up, they were going to do it with long ball after long ball. Last night, Lackey left the mound black and blue, giving up eight hits and seven runs (six earned) in the Red Sox’ 11-9 loss, and didn’t give up a single home run.

“They came out swinging the bats and swinging early in counts and kind of a strange night because most of the time when you get beat by thes...