A win today eliminates the Blue Jays and Twins. If the Yanks lose tonight, they’d be gone, as well, from the playoff hunt, and the Red Sox would officially be going to the postseason for the fifth time this decade — a team record. If not today, then perhaps tomorrow. We don’t want to actively root against the Yankees in their home closer, even if we’re not actually rooting for them to win either.
Sox have a 1-0 lead moving to the bottom of the first, thanks to Jacoby Ellsbury’s triple and your future AL MVP’s 80th RBI on a sac fly.