Red Sox fans can thank the boys from Toronto for a slight addition of breathing room as the Blue Jays defeated the Yankees 4-1 today in the Bronx. The Yankee loss increased the Red Sox lead in the AL East by a half game and lowered the Magic Number to clinch the division to 5. Boston now sits on top of the American League East by two games with six games remaining in the season.
The last week of the season should be some of the hardest played baseball you are going to see from the local nine. The Red Sox have clinched a playoff spot, but they still have a lot to fight for. Boston hopes to clinch their first division title since 1995.
The Red Sox are also battling the Cleveland Indians and the LA Angels of Anaheim for the best record in the American League. The Sox are in good shape for the remainder of the season as they cap things off with their last six games being played at home. Boston will host Oakland for two and then welcome the Minnesota Twins for a four game set.
Most of you are rushing to MLB.com to check to see when Johan Santana’s start is scheduled to be, I will do you the favor of saving you the time by informing you that Johan will not be pitching in this series against Boston. Johan is due to start Wednesday night for the series finale against Detroit.
Still no word on an official return for Manny Ramirez, but as far as Kevin Youkilis’ return manager Terry Francona said, "I’d love for him to play, but I would say, probably not.? The Boston Globe has reported that it is possible that Kevin Youkilis could remain out of action for the remainder of the regular season.
Curt Schilling will be on the hill Tuesday night against Oakland for the first time since his no-hit bid was broken up in the ninth inning with two outs. We don’t need a no-hitter from Schill, we just need a win. Win any way that you can, we don’t need a blow out, we don’t need a walk-off, we just need a win. The Red Sox are well aware that they are on the threshold of capturing their first division crown in over a decade, just win.