Tonight the Red Sox will look to sweep the Angels and head to the ALCS, but they'll do it without J.D. Drew. Drew is being sat tonight because of back issues.
"J.D. is physically doing pretty well," Boston manager Terry Francona said. "I know normally you get to this time of year and you send eight or nine guys out there and just stay with it. I don't know that, the way we're built right now, that's the best way to do it."
Considering that tonight isn't a must-win for Boston, it's not really a risky move. It is, however, do or die for the Angels who face elimination tonight. The White Sox were enjoying a 5-1 lead, but those pesky Rays have scored a couple of runs to keep themselves in contention. A win by Tampa Bay today puts them in the ALCS against the winner of the Boston/LA series and sends the White Sox home to play golf with their city brethren, the Cubs. It's been a busy weekend and you all have been wonderful as usual. Thanks for sticking around and I'll see you in a few weeks. There isn't a live blog tonight, so consider this your open thread. Enjoy!