It's the last day of the regular season. Thankfully, though, that doesn't mean it's the last day of Red Sox baseball for 2016.
|BOSTON RED SOX||TORONTO BLUE JAYS|
|Dustin Pedroia, 2B||TBA|
|Brock Holt, 3B|
|Mookie Betts, RF|
|David Ortiz, DH|
|Hanley Ramirez, 1B|
|Xander Bogaerts, SS|
|Jackie Bradley Jr., CF|
|Sandy Leon, C|
|Andrew Benintendi, LF|
|SP - David Price||SP - Aaron Sanchez|
Well...The Sox are probably headed to Cleveland no matter what happens here today. For all that things are likely decided, however, there's a whole lot of weird contingencies that could force the Indians and Tigers to play their makeup game on Monday to decide if someone has to play their way into the wild card and possibly give the Red Sox home field advantage and etc. etc. etc. It's all rather convoluted, but at the end of the day Boston's best outcomes certainly involve a win here, and they're starting everyone regardless, so they may as well put themselves in position to make those best outcomes a possibility.
That being said...just nobody get hurt. It's game 162. The end of the regular season. And for the first time since 2013, that means the Red Sox are just getting started. Right now, what really matters is that they get to do so at full strength.
First pitch is at 3:05 p.m. ET, but there's a whole lot of pomp and circumstance going on for David Ortiz beforehand, so you might want to tune in as early as 2 if that's your thing.