Red Sox lose to Jays, still get playoff berth
Behind a closed clubhouse door, the Boston Red Sox celebrated their sixth playoff berth in seven years in the usual way: with spraying beer, commemorative hats and T-shirts, and the customary promises that they will play better once the postseason begins.
"I like our chances," second baseman Dustin Pedroia said, popping out to the concourse to address a few dozen reporters who waited three hours after the Red Sox lost to Toronto for the Rangers' loss that eliminated Boston's last remaining pursuer. "It doesn't matter how you do it, as long as you're in."
The Blue Jays hit six homers - three for Adam Lind - to beat the Red Sox 8-7 on Tuesday night and send them to their fifth consecutive loss. But Boston backed into the AL wild-card berth when the Angels beat the Rangers 5-2 and eliminated Texas from the race.