So we'll have a day-night doubleheader tomorrow and a day-night doubleheader on Sunday.
Josh Beckett (5.09) / Chien-Ming Wang (3.60), 7 PM
There haven't been many games between the Yankees and Red Sox in the last four seasons that have been devoid of meaning. Sadly, we'll get four of them this weekend.
A few days ago, David Ortiz explained that he wasn't ripping Derek Jeter a few days ago when talking about the MVP -- "Hell no! C'mon, dude. That guy is one of my favorite players. ... I look like a freaking [idiot] out there because people haven't heard what I said." -- but he knows that won't soften the reception he'll get tonight: "Like always, boooooo. I might go like Matsui and tip my hat."
Manny Ramirez's season may be over. ... Carlos Pena really wants to stay in Boston. Really.
When I first got here, I was like a little kid, to be part of the Red Sox. I'm being real about that, and I don't mind saying that. I'm also professional, but if you don't love it, what is left? I'm glad I'm not like a rock.If New York wins three of the four games this weekend, they will clinch the East. Many fans are adamant about that not happening, but I don't think I care.
The Yankees are going to win the division anyway, they likely will not go wild celebrating, and their fans (and the media) won't be any less obnoxinous if they only split. And considering who the Sox are sending to the mound this weekend -- Beckett, Tavarez, Snyder, Gabbard -- winning one out of four is probably a reasonable expectation.