It’s the end of the world as we know it. Here are the lineups:
RED SOX (86-69)
Pitching: RHP Clay Buchholz (16-7, 2.39)
WHITE SOX (83-72)
Pitching: LHP Mark Buehrle (12-12, 4.27)
Game time: 8:10 p.m.
State of the Sox: The Red Sox have won three of their last four games and eight of the last 13. They start the day seven games out of first and 6.5 behind in the wild card. The tragic number is one for the division and two for the postseason.
Notes: Buchholz is second in the AL in ERA. … The White Sox have won four in a row after losing eight in a row. They have lost 12 of their last 19. … The Sox have won eight of 11 on the road. … Victor Martinez has an 11-game hit streak, going 18 of 45 in that stretch with 12 RBIs. … Bill Hall has hit in seven straight with five RBIs. … The Sox lead the AL with 1,148 strikeouts.