In case you missed it, the Baltimore Orioles clinched their first division title since 1997 yesterday with a 8-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. It was pretty easy to miss because the Red Sox were eliminated from any sort of playoff contention weeks ago, and are so far back in the American League East (24 games, to be precise) that you need to squint through a pair of binoculars to see who’s in first.
Nonetheless, the Patriots don’t play again until Sunday, so I’m going to put myself through an exercise in futility and try to justify why I’m watching the Red Sox in their final September death throes. Yesterday we covered the arrival of Rusney Castillo, who debuts tonight. If that still isn’t enough to convince you, I have one more reason to watch the Red Sox tonight against the Pittsburgh Pirates: the starting pitcher, who needs to heed Eminem’s advice and have the real Clay Buchholz please stand up.