Now that I've discussed how well the Red Sox are doing and how they could catch the Yankees in the AL East, they'll probably lose tonight and every game hereafter (see what I did there?).
Still, you might as well play the games and see what happens, starting with Tim Wakefield's third start since returning from his fragmented disk (sounds painful). Wake has been reduced by his balky back into a unique but very helpful role — the rest-giver. The Sox can align their rotation by giving their playoff starters extra days of rest through the end of the season by inserting Wakefield every other time through the rotation. Not shabby. And, so far, he's been winning the games, to boot.
He faces old friend Lenny DiNardo, who's making his fifth start since the beginning of last season. He's never pitched particularly well since leaving Boston, except the only other time he's started against them, when he shut out the Sox for six innings back in June 2007.
Let's not have any of that. Four games with the Royals are on tap, and that means the Sox have a prime opportunity to draw just a little closer to the Yankees and make the upcoming series in New York a little more interesting.