According to Gordon Edes of the Boston Globe, Eric Gagne denies that he threw the ball that hit Mariano Rivera on his right pinky on Sunday night.
However, Gagne did reveal that there was a wild pitch and that it came from Devern Hansack, who was warming up at the same time he was.
Meanwhile, there is general panic in the Nation. Daisuke Matsuzaka is being “bumped back” (or as the impolite would say, skipped) for three days. And Manny Ramirez won’t be asked to return from his oblique injury until he is mentally right.
So expect to see Manny again in, oh, 2009.
Meanwhile, Kevin Youkilis remains out with what is now being described as a bruised tendon, the result of that Chien-Ming Wang sinker that drilled him on Saturday.
Here is Boston’s remaining schedule:
2 at Toronto
3 at Tampa
2 vs. Oakland
4 vs. Minnesota
If they really screw it up and go 4-7, the Red Sox would finish with 94 wins. The Yankees would have to go 8-4 to tie them. They would then win the division because of a better head-to-head record.
Is it possible? Sure, anything is possible. But give it another week before you start calling your buddies who are Boston fans and mentioning 1978.