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What a strange position we’re in.  It’s the last call for a lot of things.  The last call for us to take the division from the Tampa Bay Rays.  The last call for Dice-K as a starter in the regular season.  The last call for a series with the Yankees.  The last call for baseball in the regular season, period.  Every season has to end sometime, but it’s not often you have a season that ends so strangely.  For the first time in a very long time, possibly for the first time ever, we’re about to play a season-ending series with the New York Yankees that technically doesn’t matter.  This is definitely the end of an era; the sun has finally set on New York.  I said it before and I’ll say it again.  The World Series isn’t going anywhere.   All we have to do is get there and take it.

In his last outing of the regular season, Jon Lester did what he’s done all season long: pitch beautifully.  Six innings of two-hit one-run ball.  Actually it was almost another no-hitter.  He hadn’t given up a hit through five, but Josh Barfield played the spoiler in the sixth.  Lester finishes the season 16-6 with a 3.21 ERA.  That’s just masterful.  And let’s not forget that one of those 16 was a complete game in the Bronx and another was the no-hitter against the Royals.  To see him come through the farms and after everything he’s been through to see him pitch like that is just amazing.  Definitely hats off to Jon Lester for giving us wins and hopes.

Masterson, Okajima, and Papelbon combined for three hitless innings.  Seems like Okajima has finally found his old form and Papelbon is back.  It really was a great game for the pitchers; our staff retired the last eleven batters in a row.

The offense was great.  Youkilis batted in two, finished the night two for three with a walk, and hit a solo homer in the seventh.  Kotsay, Varitek, Pedroia, and Lowrie, who went two for four, also recorded RBIs.  Ellsbury turned it on from the lead-off spot and went two for four with two runs.  The final score was 6-1, we out-hit them 4-1, and we were error-free.  Not bad.  Not bad at all.

With this win and the Rays’ loss, we can still win the division.  The Rays’ magic number holds at one, so if we finish the season 3-0 and they finish the season 0-3 we’ve got it.  A tie won’t do it.  We can do our part.  The Yankees are horrible, their spirits are crushed, and they’re going nowhere in October so it’s not exactly a challenging opponent.  Besides, we’ve been hot.  We’ve won five of our last six at Fenway.

In other news, Patriot Troy Brown is retiring.  We’ll miss him, that’s for sure.  The Yankees organization has omitted Joe Torre completely from their tribute.  That’s just a low blow.  It’s just like the Yankees to pull something like that.  The man gives them so many quality years of service and all they can say is, “See ya.” It’s just sad.  The irony is that Joe Torre is the one going to October; he and the Dodgers just clinched a playoff spot.

Jim Davis/Boston Globe Staff
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