Everyone is slowly trickling back into Fenway Park. We left this place less than eight hours ago, and now we’re back for the Yankees last attempt to win the American League East.
Dustin Moseley will make his ninth start of the season. He began the year as an afterthought in spring training. Then he pitched well in Triple-A, won a call-up, pitched his way into a temporary rotation spot and now he’ll start the final game of the regular season with the division on the line.
Out in Kansas City, the Rays are facing the notorious Sean O’Sullivan, who’s faced the Yankees three times with two different teams this season. The first time the Yankees saw him, O’Sullivan allowed two runs through six innings for a win in the Bronx. This is the first time the Rays have seen him this season.
Tampa Bay counters with Wade Davis, who’s strong second half might have moved him into the top three-to-five in Rookie of the Year voting.
Both games — the one in Boston and the one in Kansas City — carry equal weight for the Yankees. Everything has to go right or they’re heading for the wild card. I’ll have the lineup as soon as it’s posted, but I don’t think the first players bus has even left the hotel at this point.