Double-headers all over the place today, thanks to cancellations from rainy weather across the country. The Jays and Sox have one of those double-headers, but this is purely a coincidence, as this comes from a rainout in August.
The Sox are bringing out two pitchers who have contributed immeasurably to the almost-certainly playoff-bound position the team is in: Paul Byrd in Game 1 and Bartolo Colon in Game 2. The pair combined are 8-3 in Red Sox uniforms, and both have been excellent as stop-gap, short-term fifth-starter options. You couldn’t ask for anything more, really.
Byrd handles Game 1 against A.J. Burnett, and Colon returns from the disabled list against Jesse Litsch. The Sox put themselves in excellent position with their win yesterday, which assured that even if Toronto sweeps the remaining six games between the clubs, they will still have to make up 1.5 games of ground — which is probably why the Jays’ playoff odds have dropped by more than half since before yesterday’s game, and the Sox’ have correspondingly jumped back above 98 percent.
Meanwhile, the Yanks and Rays are also playing two today, which makes all Red Sox fans Yankee fans, at least for now, because a Yankee sweep today could put the Sox in first place. The Yanks will have a tall order, though. James Shields and Matt Garza go for Tampa against Mike Mussina and Sidney Ponson, respectively. Not putting much hope in a Game 2 win for the Yanks.
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