The Red Sox can end the Yankees' hopes of winning the AL East Tuesday night, assuming the Blue Jays are up to helping their own cause.
|BOSTON RED SOX||NEW YORK YANKEES|
|Mookie Betts - CF||Jacoby Ellsbury - CF|
|Dustin Pedroia - 2B||Brett Gardner - LF|
|Xander Bogaerts - SS||Alex Rodriguez - DH|
|David Ortiz - DH||Brian McCann - C|
|Travis Shaw - 1B||Carlos Beltran - RF|
|Brock Holt - RF||Dustin Ackley - 2B|
|Blake Swihart - C||Chase Headley - 3B|
|Deven Marrero - 3B||Greg Bird - 1B|
|Jackie Bradley - LF||Didi Gregorius - SS|
|Rick Porcello - RHP||Michael Pineda - RHP|
With the magic number for Toronto sitting at two, all it will take is a fifth straight Boston win and a fifth straight Orioles loss to seal the deal. Granted, that's no small feat for a Red Sox team that has yet to win five straight this entire season, only managing four a few times before this most recent run. But of course this Red Sox team as it is now is not quite the same as the Red Sox team that was so bad for so long, and with a resurgent Rick Porcello on the mound, there's every reason to believe they'll manage it this time around.
As for Toronto's side of things, well, it's Marcus Stroman vs. Miguel Gonzalez, so that's looking good.
First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. ET with broadcasts on NESN, ESPN, and WEEI.