Today has a chance to be the most significant day of the Red Sox season. After last night, the Red Sox moved three games ahead of the Texas Rangers in the American League wild card race. The Rangers also play a doubleheader today, meaning the Red Sox could be leading by anywhere from one to five games at day’s end. If the Sox sweep and the Rangers, it may go a long way to securing a sixth playoff bid in seven years.
Today will get off to an early start, but that won’t bother starter Clay Buchholz. I asked him yesterday about the noon start. “If you can’t get up to pitch a major league ballgame,” he said, “there’s something wrong with you.”