Wife’s back surgery today.  Starters are Keuchel/McCarthy (1 PM ET start time) and Shoemaker (tee hee)/De La Rosa respectively.

This team won 7 games in a row once.  Of course, that was immediately after they lost 10 in a row.

The Richards-Buchholz matchup we see today is the one that brought us the 19-inning game.  This time, the Sox should be put out of their misery long before they have to play 2-plus games’ worth of innings.  I mean, I guess I hope they win.  But hoping seems a pointless, maddening endeavor watching this team’s utterly worthless offense.  Against a good pitcher?  Thanks, I’ll re-read an Agatha Christie mystery.  They don’t tend to get ruined by Mike Trout homering over everything or tripling into the triangle.

The Astros score more runs than the Yankees do. The Astros.

But today, Michael Pineda pitches, and to think that he might throw a gem of a game when there is a small chance the Yankees will be the plucky underdog?

Nolan Ryan had a tough gig with that kind of joint.

Oberholtzer and Capuano tonight as the Yankees pursue the second wild card spot, just 3 back of Detroit and Seattle.  Comment if you got ‘em.

It will probably look a little something like this:

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But what the hell, the Sox won this exact matchup in Anaheim a week and a half ago.  Comment away!

When these two teams met in Anaheim, the Sox took two out of three, losing a painful 19-inning affair in the process (and holding leads in the 7th and 14th innings).  Now the Angels lead their division by percentage points and have a chance to make it a half-game lead with Oakland idle today.  The Sox find themselves in the role of spoiler.  Can they impede the Angels’ progress again?  CJ Wilson and Brandon Workman hurl the 216-stitched ball today.

Sox trail by 6 in the 4th.  Yanks just went up by 1 in the 5th.  So more or less mirroring their season-long efforts.  Comment if you’re dropping by late!

The Sox held tenuous one-run leads of 2-1 and 3-2 in the late innings yesterday, but ended up losing 5-3 in extras.  Blergh.

The good news is De La Rosa pitches today and he has been a bright, bright star in a dark, dark season.  Peacock will oppose him and the two last-place teams will continue to be last-place teams.  Damn Tampa Bay for pulling off a surge the Red Sox could only dream of.

Shane Greene was fantastic his last time on the bump, going eight innings with five hits and three walks but allowing no runs against Detroit. Drew Smyly gets the start for the Rays at the Trop; he’s been great since coming over from Detroit at the beginning of August. The battle for third place continues. Comment away.

Last night, Webster stumbled but held on for the win in the long run as the Red Sox had a 7-run outburst in the 6th and 9 on the night.  I wonder if that’s a season high for runs in a frame?  Probably.

But yesterday’s gone and today’s Keuchel vs Buchholz matchup doesn’t bode so well.  But again, all that matters is getting reps in for everybody, so grab a drink, get your Friday on, and enjoy the game!

It’s fun to watch your two most annoying rivals (recently, anyway) duke it out.  At least someone’s gonna walk out with a bloody nose.  McCarthy and Cobb toe the rubber at the Trop.

Pineda vs. Tillman.  Pineda makes his first start in a while and tries to keep the Yankees 6 back of the division leaders instead of 8.  Greene’s rain-postponed start will take place on Saturday in Tampa Bay instead.

Missed the Red Sox gamer this morning…hey, they won!  And scored more than 4!  (5)

The last time the Sox scored more than 4?  That was 9 days ago, August 3rd against the Yankees.  The Red Sox lost 8-7.  Before that?  July 21st, winning 14-1 against the Jays.  Three weeks ago.  It’s not been fun to watch this offense.

But the Sox did just win a series for the first time since sweeping KC just after the ASB (and just before the 14-1 game, when dreams of an insane run to the playoffs were not utterly farfetched, just incredibly unlikely).  Perhaps they can show some fight in this 2-game set at an NL park.  Kelly, recently acquired from the Cardinals for the price of a Series-winning show pony, is used to having a bat in his hands.  Maybe he can make the difference against Latos.  Doubtful…and anyway, perhaps we should be rooting for losses for the sake of a higher spot in the draft…but I can never quite bring myself to do that.  Comment if you’re up for it.

The Yankees try to recover from just their second loss in the last 8 games as Carrasco duels Kuroda.  The Red Sox try to recover from going 19 innings, taking a lead in the 7th, and losing (they had 6 hits…in 19 innings…*&#^&#^#(#$)#&##*#*#(#@$#$@#$@#$%^*)#$*@#&(#))))).  De La Rosa vs. Santiago.

Hey, Webster brought the non-suck!  Maybe the worst starting pitcher in recent Red Sox history (John Lackey 2011 says hi) can display a little skill (that one start in Houston was so tantalizing…the pitches were working; it wasn’t just that the Astros sucked) against Garrett Richards.  Buchholz will need to bring something as Richards (ERA: 2.58) has been a revelation this year, giving up 5 home runs in 150+ innings.  That is crazytown, leading the league among qualifiers along with Adam Wainwright.  I’d like to see a ringing double off this guy by Papi’s latest protection, Cespedes, who got a 2-RBI 2-bagger off Weaver last night early.  I think I might try actually watching this game from the beginning…so I’ll drop by.  Say hi if you’re up for it.

Kluber (Indians ace) and McCarthy (has pitched like an ace since the Yankees got him–we call it Aaron Small Syndrome) tangle in this early Saturday start at The Stadium.