Guess what? The Red Sox can make the playoffs tonight, and that hasn't happened since 2009.
If the Sox beat the Orioles and the Royals beat the Indians, the Sox clinch at least the second wild-card spot. That's not exactly a pop-the-corks moment, but at least it's something.
Presumably the Red Sox will not celebrate in earnest until they win the division. The magic number for that is 4. The Sox (92-59) lead the Rays (82-67) by nine games. So the Sox could wrap up the division as soon as Wednesday.
A few other items for you today:
• Texas is 2-12 in September. The 2011 Red Sox should send them a note of thanks. The Rangers were up by two games in the American League West at the end of August. Now they are 6.5 games out and clinging to the second wild card. Roberto Andino must somehow be involved.
• It's quite possible that Terry Francona and the Indians could be at Fenway on Oct. 4 to start the Division Series. Cleveland is a half-game out in the wild card and its schedule is:
two at Kansas City
four at home against Houston
two at home against the White Sox
four at Minnesota
It would be almost criminal not to go 9-3 or 8-4 against those teams.
• Keith Olbermann can be a touch insufferable, but his commentary about the Red Sox and their self-congratulatory Mariano Rivera ceremony makes some good points.
• The annual "From Fenway to the Runway" fund-raiser benefiting the Red Sox Foundation will be Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. at Saks Fifth Avenue in the Prudential Center. The event includes lunch and a runway fashion show featuring the Red Sox Wives group.
Red Sox wives and fiancées who will take the stage include: Sue Farrell, Lindsay Buchholz, Kelli Pedroia, Tiffany Ortiz, Georgia Nua, Kimberly Doubront, Isabel Morales, Amanda Bailey, Kelsey Ellsbury, Laura Drew, DiDi Carp, Melissa Victorino, Kelly Shaffer (fiancée of Craig Breslow), and Jamie Niestat (fiancée of Ryan Lavarnway).
The event will benefit the Red Sox Scholars Program and the Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) youth baseball and softball program.