BOSTON (AP) - The Boston Red
Sox clinched the AL East title on Friday night, getting seven strong innings
from Jon Lester to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-3 and eliminate Tampa Bay from
the division race.
One night after securing
their first playoff appearance since 2009, the Red Sox added their first
division title since '07. Boston entered the night with a magic number of one -
meaning the next Red Sox win or Rays loss would clinch the division.
Lester (15-8) allowed one run
on five hits and two walks, striking out eight to win for the seventh time in
nine decisions. It was his 100th career victory.