Game 1 of the ALDS between the Red Sox and Angels will most likely commence at 9:37 PM ET on Thursday night at Angel Stadium, with Jon Lester taking the mound against John Lackey. (It's almost a certainty that New York will select the "A" playoff scenario, and will play the AL Central winner Wednesday night in Game 1. There will be a playoff on Tuesday to determine the Central winner and their choice will be announced at the conclusion of that game.)
Game 2 will be on Friday night, also at 9:37 PM ET, with Josh Beckett matched against Jered Weaver.
Game 3 will have Clay Buchholz going up against Scott Kazmir. It will be played on Sunday at Fenway, with a time still to be determined.
Game 4 will also be in Boston, if necessary of course. The most logical matchup for that game, which would be played on Monday, would be Daisuke Matsuzaka vs. Joe Saunders.
And Game 5, if necessary, would be back in Anaheim on Wednesday, and you'd figure the Game 1 starters would be on the mound for that one. (Thanks to Joy of Sox for the probable Angels rotation.)
The Red Sox completed their regular season today at 95-67 (a third straight year with at least 95) with a 12-7 drubbing of the Cleveland Indians, and a four-game sweep of the series. Clay Buchholz stuggled through three innings, giving up six runs, but was bailed out by 5 Red Sox homers, including two by J.D. Drew.
Jacoby Ellsbury stole his MLB-best 70th base, and David Ortiz had two RBI, to finish his season with an amazing 99 for the season. (Nobody in late May could have seen that as a possibility.)
Now, it's on to the postseason, for the sixth time in seven years. Go get'em, Sox!!