Sox Playoff Picture is Much Clearer

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Tim Wakefield tied his career high of 17 wins last night, and JD Drew had three hits including a triple and the game winning 3-run homer in the 7th pushing the Sox to a 6-4 win over the Minnesota Twins. Steve Krasner over at the ProJo has more on Drew. With Cleveland’s loss last night the Red Sox can finish no worse than tied for the best record in the American League. As Gordon Edes> writes, manager Terry Francona didn’t wait around for the results before determining that Curt Schilling would skip his Sunday scheduled start. Jeff Horrigan says that none of the Sox players hung around after last nights win.

With the Sox’s playoff scenarios solidified, and the Sox not announcing the 25-man roster until Tuesday, let the playoff roster speculation begin. Horrigan chimes in with his 10 active pitchers for the ALDS. What we also learned over the past two days is that we can guarantee that Clay Buchholz will not be one of the ten as Amalie Benjamin writes. Rob Bradford has more on Clay and Mike Reinhold the Red Sox assistant trainer who has worked with many of the Sox pitchers, and is now responsible for providing Buchholz with an offseason strength program. Within the Globe’s notebook we learn who Tom Werner chooses as Red Sox MVP.

Tony Massarotti provides us with a rehash of A-Rod’s October woes. Tony also checks in with a preview of the Sox match up with the Angels. We’re sure to hear plenty about the Angels aggressive style of baseball over the next few days.

In case you missed Remy or Orsillo over the past few weeks here’s where you can pick up your NESN bobble desk, once that’s all set, be sure to place your order for your very own genuine Fenway Park bleacher seat. These are going for the bargain basement price of $495, not bad. I think I’ll set mine down right on top of the outfield grass I bought in ’04.

Patriots

(Also be sure sure to check out Patriots Daily this morning for news and links as well.)

The Pats finished up preparations for their trip to Cincinnati for Monday Night Football. With Cincy running back Rudi Johnson sidelined for Monday’s game, many believe the Bengals will have no other option than to air it out, Pats defensive coordinator Dean Pees believes otherwise. In this Rich Thompson piece we hear Belichick give some praise to Ben Watson.

Mr. Old Time Baseball sits down with Pats LB Rosevelt Colvin to discuss last year’s loss to the Colts, and Colvin’s desire not to look into the past. While many NFL teams continue to struggle in free agency and salary cap management, the Patriots as an organization continue to excel. Within this piece, Christopher Gasper looks at just that, essentially the team building year after year.

After last week’s match up between the Lugo family, we might just have a match up between the Green family on Monday.

This may come as a disappointment to some, but Ocho Cinco has released a statement that there are no TD celebrations scheduled for Monday, also within the same notebook we hear from Bengal’s coach Marvin Lewis who expresses his desire to implement coach-to-player communication on the defensive side of the ball.

A New York Jets season ticket holder has filed a class-action lawsuit Friday against the New England Patriots and coach Bill Belichick for “deceiving customers.” This lawsuit really has traction. The Patriots have released a statement, which can be heard here (audio needed). We can just hope Gregg Easterbrook isn’t on the jury or they just might have a case.

The Pats Picks

With the Pats playing Monday, it’s always fun to see what the nation thinks will be the outcome. All but one of HBO’s Inside the NFL host’s picked the Pats this week. Surprisingly it wasn’t Marino picking against the Pats either. It’s none other than Moss’ former teammate Chris Carter.

Bill Simmons is back with his usual Sunday picks column.

Also, the all of the “experts” at ESPN have the Pats remaining undefeated on Sunday.

I’m still awaiting the results from Pete “The Meat” Shepherd’s X-Box simulation

BC Eagles

It certainly wasn’t pretty, but the BC Eagles were able to stave off the Minutemen 24-14 and go 5-0 for the first time since 1954. Bob Ryan has Minutemen coach Don Brown saying there are no moral victories here. Buckley’s back with a look at the dangers of team’s looking ahead on their schedules.

Sunday TV

With the Patriots playing on Monday Night Football we get a chance to check out some of the other AFC competition. Its Bills and Jets on CBS at 1PM, as well as, the Rams and Cowboys on Fox. The 4:15 game is the game the national pundits have termed “The Game of the Week”. We’ll get to see if Indy can remain undefeated as they head home to take on Denver, this is also on CBS.

Julian Tavarez will toe the rubber for the Sox as they finish up their season with their final game vs. the Twins at 2PM on NESN.

The rest of the day’s sports listings can be found here.