BLUE JAYS 8, RED SOX 0

Red Sox held to one hit, lose series finale to Blue Jays

Red Sox manager John Farrell takes the ball from starter Rubby De La Rosa in the fifth inning on Thursday. De La Rosa gave up seven runs (six earned). (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

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Shane Victorino’s leadoff single in the seventh inning was the Red Sox’ only hit of the game.

RED SOX NOTEBOOK

Red Sox set to renew rivalry with Rays

In Friday’s opener, Rays ace David Price will face Jon Lester, who is 4-0 with an 0.85 ERA in his last seven starts.

Jon Lester is eligible to be a free agent after the season.

Nick Cafardo | On Baseball

Jon Lester: Tabling talks ‘doesn’t mean anything’

With the Red Sox putting talks off until after the season, Lester said it’s premature to suggest he’ll flee for a better offer as a free agent.

Clay Buchholz was frustrated with his start Wednesday night, especially his two hit batsmen and four walks. Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images

Nick Cafardo | On baseball

Clay Buchholz: ‘I’ll take the blame for this one’

You can’t squander a 3-0 lead like Buchholz did Wednesday night in a 6-4 loss to the Blue Jays.

PETER ABRAHAM | ANALYSIS

Sign Jon Lester? Consider the dip by Dustin Pedroia

Pedroia’s dip since signing his contract offers a reason to be cautious with handing out another long-term contract.

Evan Horowitz

Can the Red Sox make the playoffs?

The Red Sox are a statistical long shot, but baseball has shown before that anything is possible.

Red Sox notebook

Brock Holt out of the lineup; Shane Victorino bats leadoff

Holt had played all 59 games and all 533 innings since being called up from Pawtucket May 17.

Nick Cafardo | On Baseball

What is Jake Peavy’s trade value?

Peavy has a tough-luck record of 1-9, but has pitched much better than that. Will other teams see him as someone who can help?

Minor League Notebook

Brian Johnson now eager to get back on the mound

His first professional season was cut short just four starts in, when he was struck in the face by a line drive.