Tim Wakefield earned his 200th win on his eighth try, Dustin Pedroia hit two homers in Boston’s highest-scoring game of the season and the Red Sox ended a five-game losing streak with an 18-6 rout of the Toronto Blue Jays last night. The Red Sox needed the victory after their lead in the AL wild-card race over Tampa Bay had dropped from nine games to three over the previous nine days.
Kevin Youkilis has returned to the lineup of the slumping Red Sox, hoping he can help them gain a playoff spot in the final two weeks. The third baseman had missed three games with bursitis in his left hip and a sports hernia. He had been on the disabled list from August 18th to September 2nd with a back injury. Youkilis says the three injuries are related to each other.
The Sox take on the Jays again at Fenway today for an afternoon game beginning at 1:35 p.m.