Blue Jays attempt to shut Boston out of the playoffs, stay above .500

Wakefield battles Morrow in eighth attempt at 200th win

Knuckler Tim Wakefield

Could this finally be the game when everything falls into place for the Red Sox and Tim Wakefield, enough so that the veteran knuckler can earn his 200th victory?

After it seemed like a near certainty weeks ago, Wakefield will take his record eighth stab at No. 200 on Tuesday at Fenway Park when the division-rival Blue Jays come to town to kick off a brief two-game set.

The Red Sox, who have lost four straight series for the first time this year, could use any kind of positive momentum swing they can muster.

Beginning a critical 10-game homestand — their last of the regular season — the Sox’s American League Wild Card lead over the Rays continues to dwindle after Tampa Bay swept the weekend series and won on Monday in Baltimore, narrowing Boston’s lead over Tampa Bay in the standings to three games.

Boston has dropped five straight, its longest losing streak since starting 0-6 to open the season.

Toronto, which has won five of seven and has emerged victorious in back-to-back series for the first time since Aug. 12-17, will look to play spoiler as Boston aims to clinch it seventh playoff berth since 2003.

Brandon Morrow’s last win was on August 17th against the Seattle Mariners.  Although he has struggled of late, he hopes to return to the form of his last win, where he recorded a season-high 12 strikeouts. Watch them in the video below:

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