Do the corks get popped tonight?
That is still your magic number as of this posting. It won’t be easy to reduce it either, not with Cliff Lee pitching against the Red Sox and Mike Mussina pitching at Toronto for the Yankees.
But this would be a much more fitting night to clinch than last night. Where last night was dreary and raw, this is a crisp, nice fall night.
I watched J.D. Drew take batting practice today and he was positively obliterating the baseball. If the spasms are nullified by Monday’s epidural, perhaps he will return after all.
Mike Lowell took BP indoors today and should do so on the field by tomorrow. I wouldn’t be surprised if Mikey is back in there by Thursday or Friday.
The Rays are just about to wrap up a Game 1 victory against those ever-competitive Baltimore Orioles — yes, sarcasm is dripping — which would reduce their magic number for clinching the division to three. I think everyone realizes that the Red Sox will start the playoffs in Anaheim either a week from tomorrow or Thursday.
As for Johnny Pesky‘s number 6 getting retired on Friday, just two words fit the occasion: About Time.