Today’s schedule

Here’s a quick update on the games to be watching today…

Not only do you need to keep your eye on Clay Buchholz, as he starts for the first time since his no-hitter against Toronto’s Jesse Litsch, there are a few other games that have playoff implications for the Sox.

By the time the Red Sox take batting practice, they will know if another game has been shaved off their playoff magic number (currently at four), since the Tigers take on the Indians at 12:05 p.m. today. But it’s going to be tough, as they have Nate Robertson going up against C.C. Sabathia, in his Cy Young quest. This also means the Sox could have company, for the first time, at the 90-win plateau. (The Indians and Angels are already tied with the Red Sox in the loss category.)


Meanwhile, the Angels and Devil Rays also get an afternoon start, at 3:35, with J.P. Howell taking on Ervin Santana. Which means, when Buchholz hits the rubber tonight, they could have even more company at 90 wins.

And then there are the Yankees who, after winning big last night (12-0) over the Orioles, are throwing Andy Pettitte against Brian Burres. If you want some good news, Burres threw seven shutout innings in his last start, against Toronto, though he gave up eight hits. Of course, that was also the first game Burres had started since August 4. If you’re interested in keeping up with the news of the day for the Yankees, I’d direct you to a couple of blogs: one by Journal News writer Peter Abraham, and one by Daily News writer Mark Feinsand.

Oh, and one word of advice. Take a deep breath. Panic time might be here — though the Red Sox are still almost assured a spot in the postseason — but it’s not worth a heart attack. Or a trip off a bridge. I hope…

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