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Yardwork: Jacoby Ellsbury Saves the Red Sox

Jacoby Ellsbury hit a home run with two on and two out in the 14th inning against Scott Proctor, whose baffling involvement in any kind of baseball activity remains a twisted mystery. It was Ellsbury’s third home run of the doubleheader fun in the Bronx and, given the dramatics of the circumstances, I’m sure today will feature several drooling souls on sports radio, both hosts and callers, enthusiastically trumpeting his MVP candidacy; at least when they’re not talking about John Lackey. Ellsbury’s numbers are rather ridiculous. Did he save Boston’s season? With three games in Baltimore while the Rays host the Yankees, it’s safe to say the answer is yes. The Yankees have already clinched home field advantage, so do they rest half of their lineup for the simple enjoyment of watching the Red Sox earn their place in the playoffs on their own or simply proceed business-as-usual? Whatever happens, it would be fun for all if this one ended up coming down to the final game of the season.

Nats 3, Braves 0 — A 3-0 shutout loss to the Washington Nationals in the midst of desperately trying to hold onto a playoff spot? Truly pathetic. Remember when the Cardinals allowed the Mets to score six runs in the ninth inning last week? That loss hurts considering, like the Rays, they sit just one game back of the wildcard. Atlanta hosts Philly and the Cards are on their way to Houston to beat up the Astros.

Twins 6, Indians 4, 10 innings — The Twins have 98 losses with 3 games to play. This is too good of a franchise to experience a 100-loss season. They host the Royals to close out the season, a team that frequently lives in the lonely world of 100 losses.

Rays 5, Blue Jays 2 — The Rays have Shields, Hellickson and Price set to pitch in the Bronx at home. Can they pull off a sweep?

Cards 3, Cubs 2 — Solo shots in the seventh and eighth inning from Yadier Molina and Rafael Furcal ruined what had been a pretty great start for Randy Wells. The Cards have won 9 of 12.

A’s 6, Angels 5 — The Angels blew a 3-run lead in the ninth to the A’s? That’s some Moneyball magic right there that we’ll no doubt be treated to in the sequel. The brutal loss puts the Angels three games out of the wildcard race. As C.T. once screamed during the dramatic end of a challenge, you’re done!

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