The Yankees have no more off-days and a doubleheader with Baltimore this Friday (makeup for an August game) and all their remaining games are against the AL East.  The schedule is TB, @BAL (4), @TB, TOR (4), BAL (4), @BOS.  I don’t envy the Yankees the task of trying to grab a wild card spot (wait a minute, yes I do, the Red Sox’ tragic # is 3).  That quest begins with Archer vs. Kuroda at Yankee Stadium.

That light at the end of the tunnel that the Red Sox see is a train bearing down on the 2014 season to send it into oblivion, where it belongs.  It remains to be seen whether that light the Yankees see is the same train or the golden glow of the postseason.  Ventura vs. Greene in the rubber match at Yankee Stadium and Dickey vs. De La Rosa as the Sox go for a sweep at Fenway Park.

Sorry so late and for forgetting yesterday: Yanks took the 1-0 loss against an excellent Shields yesterday and KC widened their division lead.  Now it’s McCarthy vs. Duffy.  This would look pretty rough for the Yankees, but Duffy was lost after the very first pitch and it’s been the Yankees’ day since with a 6-2 lead in the 7th.

Of the Sox’ 7 remaining series, 5 are against AL East opponents, one series each against all our familiar foes at Fenway Park (Balty gets to face us twice in that span, once at each venue, the lucky bastards–the other two series are a 4-gamer against KC on their turf and a series in Pittsburgh).  This is the last series against the Blue Jays, and I’ve seen all I want to see of both Hutchison and Webster, though obviously for different reasons.  At least this one should be merciful in its quick death unlike last night’s horror show.

In this rubber match, we’ve got Workman (who’s turned back into a pumpkin for some time now) and Capuano (a Red Sox castoff that the Yanks have gotten decent value out of).  It’s unlikely to matter in the end, but Ortiz hit one out to right in the 1st for a 1-0 lead while Gardner just doubled off Workman with 2 out.

The Yankees are a significantly better team than the Red Sox this year, so winning a game with two rookies going off seemed unlikely, but Xander and Mookie delivered, so here we are.  If the Sox win today’s game, they’ll not only take the series, but they’ll have won two of the three series at Yankee Stadium this season (the Yankees are currently winning the season series 8-6)…and pushed the Yankees a little closer to the brink (currently 5 GB of the second wildcard).  That seems not entirely likely when the matchup is Kuroda and Ranaudo, but hey, Ranaudo won his first three starts.  Let’s keep that going.

Between a higher slot in the draft or dragging the Yankees down into irrelevance, I’ll take option B, please.  Kelly takes on Greene in the kickoff battle between the 2nd and 5th place AL East teams.  NY starts the day 4 behind Detroit, tied with Cleveland and 2.5 behind Seattle.

Only 4 teams aren’t playing today, and the Yanks are one of them.  We get Smyly and De La Rosa early on Monday at the Trop.  Who’s better off, really, though?  Scoreless in the 1st with one out and a man on in the bottom half.

Keep on rockin’ the holiday weekend with some McCarthy/Happ and Buchholz/Cobb for your…pleasure?  Well anyway, keep on rockin’ the holiday weekend.

Pineda vs. Hutchison and Webster vs. Odorizzi as we keep on going with just over four weeks left in the season.

It’s our Constitutional right to fling our office work into the air and blow it off till Tuesday.  Speaking of blowing things off, here’s Ranaudo/Archer and Capuano/Buehrle for you to probably ignore as we set off in this leisure cruise.  I’ll probably watch at least part of these games later.  Comment if you’re around!

Seattle lost today, so Detroit can grab a half-game lead with a win, while the Yanks can climb to within 2.5.  Someone on Seattle’s tail is gonna take advantage.  Greene vs. Price.

Last night, the Sox scored 7 times in the 11th inning to put the BJ’s away (Toronto scored 3 in the bottom half so it’s nice that the Sox went medieval on them enough for the lead to stand) and earn their second extra-inning win in a row.

Looking for the sweep at Rogers, the Sox send Kelly to face Stroman (who owned the Sox for two starts in a row in late July).  Die in a fire, Blue Jays.  I’d have preferred you be the division winner, but since you can’t be, I’ve got nothing but contempt this season.

Sox remaining schedule after today: @Rays (4), @Yankees, Blue Jays, Orioles, @Royals (4), off-day, @Pirates, @Orioles, off-day, Rays, Yankees (bye bye, Jeter).  In a perfect world, win all the games except those against the Royals (let them have a division title and a postseason berth for goodness’ sake), Orioles (sure, you can have the division this year), and Pirates (two decades of losing hasn’t been made up for with a 5-game ALDS loss last year).

The Yankees would likely be a few games better in the standings if Tanaka’s elbow weren’t an issue.  The Tigers might be a little better off if Sanchez weren’t hurt (or if Verlander weren’t struggling so hard).  Both are out of the playoff picture at this moment…but they’re the two closest that are out–0.5 back for the Tigers and 2.5 back for the Yankees.  Can either team surge past the Mariners?  McCarthy and Porcello.

Dickey the past and De La Rosa the future.  Who triumphs today in each team’s respective time-marking until the charade is over?  At least in September, most of the Sox games are likely to be with contenders and thus have some bearing on October.

The Yankees are 3.5 back of the wild card (though they gained no ground over the weekend as the team they’re chasing, the Mariners, matched them sweep for sweep) and only 6 behind Baltimore.  The Royals are looking for a division title (currently 2 ahead of Detroit).  These are two teams that are, or should be, playing with urgency.  Let’s see who gets closer to their dream when Pineda duels Shields in KC.