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Red Sox vs. Orioles: A win to clinch it all

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The Red Sox are one win away from a complete regular season victory.

Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

The Red Sox have one thing left to clinch, and just one win left between them and clinching it. They'll send Jon Lester to the mound as they try to get that last win against Wei-Yin Chen.

Boston Red Sox (97-63)

  1. Shane Victorino, CF
  2. Stephen Drew, SS
  3. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
  4. Mike Napoli, DH
  5. Jonny Gomes, LF
  6. Daniel Nava, RF
  7. Brandon Snyder, 1B
  8. David Ross, C
  9. Will Middlebrooks, 3B

Stephen Drew is batting second against a lefty. Y'know, John, you make it hard sometimes...

Baltimore Orioles (83-77)

  1. Brian Roberts, 2B
  2. J.J. Hardy, SS
  3. Chris Davis, 1B
  4. Adam Jones, CF
  5. Matt Wieters, C
  6. Danny Valencia, 3B
  7. Nick Markakis, RF
  8. Steve Pearce, DH
  9. Jason Pridie, LF

Starting Pitcher -- Wei-Yin Chen

The blueprint for lefties to get Drew out really does seem to have been written. Sliders low-and-away. A good pitch against any lefty, yes, but with Drew it's been damn near automatic. He's been very good for the Red Sox this year, and should absolutely be starting every game against a righty. But at some point any given at bat does less good keeping Drew in rhythm than it would making sure the guy who has to take most of the at bats against lefties come the playoffs has seen the plate more than five times in three-to-four weeks.

Yes, that's me assuming Farrell will put Xander out there against lefties in the playoffs. Yes, I'm probably going to be maddeningly disappointed.

Free Xander.

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