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.

Having endured a truly miserable homestand, the Sox take their sh*tshow on the road to Rogers Centre.  80% of the season is in the books.  Let’s get this over and over and over and over with.  Buchholz vs. Happ.

I’ll be watching this game for at least part of the morning.  Sale vs. Capuano seems like a decent opportunity for the Yankee hater’s club to take a peek.  But baseball games have been known to turn out unlike the statistics would imply.

Today, the Sox look to earn loss #8 in a row as they pursue a higher spot in the draft.  Go Mariners.

Caroll and Kuroda at Yankee Stadium.  Young and Workman at Fenway Park.  Happy weekend!

I may find it difficult to keep it up in the face of actual game action, but as of this moment, I’d prefer the Mariners win the next few games, given 1) they are the local team for me, 2) are long-suffering with 3) a shot at the wild card game (0.5 back of Detroit for the second slot) and 4) the Sox are dead.  I picked a convenient time to go turncoat as today’s matchup is Hernandez (he of the sub-2.00 ERA) vs. Kelly.  Hopefully Ortiz hits a couple bombs and the Mariners win 10-3 or so.

Hopefully this guy turns out as talented as some of his Cuban brethren.

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