Regardless of what happens later this afternoon, the Tampa Bay Rays have won the AL East for 2010 after the Boston Red Sox defeated the New York Yankees 8-4 this afternoon. The Boston Red Sox pitched John Lackey (14-11 4.40) this afternoon and he threw a very nice game, pitching 7.2 innings, struck out 10 and only allowed 2 earned runs.
This now means that the Tampa Bay Rays will start the post season in Tampa, taking on the Texas Rangers on Wednesday. Tampa Bay is currently tied 2-2 in the 9th inning with the Kansas City Royals, but the game now is inconsequential.
I certainly would like t see the Rays win this last regular season game and go into the playoffs with a couple game winning streak.