The end of 100 years

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The end of 100 years

Last night at Fenway, the Red Sox dropped a 4-2 decision to Tampa Bay, thus ending an unforgettable 100th season at Americas Most Beloved and Plaque-laden Ballpark.

And now that the ballyhooed centennial celebration is officially in the books, theres really only one question on the mind of Red Sox fans nationwide:

What do they have planned for 101?!

Perhaps a weeklong retrospective on Fenways urinal trough era? Or the 23rd anniversary of the Sox getting swept by Oakland in the 1990 ALCS? (Bring back Romine! Bring Quintana! Bring back Billy Jo Robidoux!) Or maybe the front office will honor one lifelong Sox fan every home game by inviting him or her out to the mound to get pantsed in front of the 25,000-person sellout?

Who knows? But I guess that's part of the wonder and excitement of being a Red Sox fan these days. Youre never quite sure what ownership has up its sleeve to divert your attention from the fact that theyve turned your favorite team into a joke.

To be honest, I was slightly disappointed in last nights end to the Sox season-long celebration. Through all the frustration and embarrassment that went along with the charade, I always held out hope that after the final out of the final game, Larry Lucchino would take the field with a special announcement for the fans:

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, I want to thank you all for taking part in this historic time in Red Sox history. We accomplished so much this season. We had SO MUCH fun. And were all so sorry to see it come to an end. But such is life. You know, Ive spent a lot of time over these last few weeks thinking about all the great work I did this year. And the more I thought about it, the more I realized how impossible it will be to top this. So, its with a heavy heart that Id like to announce that Im stepping down as President and CEO of the Boston Red Sox.

That would be followed by Lucchino strapping on a jetpack and taking off into the night.

But I guess thats just my romanticized version.

In all seriousness, though. It's impossible to get too choked up over the end of the Sox centennial celebration. Mostly, because its over. We can all move on with our lives. And hopefully, the front office and ownership can finally stop obsessing over the last 100 years and devote more time to making the next 100 a little more tolerable.

Rich can be reached at rlevine@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Rich on Twitter at http:twitter.comrich_levine

Pomeranz 'pretty comfortable' with potential move to bullpen

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Pomeranz 'pretty comfortable' with potential move to bullpen

NEW YORK -- If Drew Pomeranz is going to be part of the Red Sox' postseason plans, the team will likely have a better idea about that question by Thursday afternoon.

Pomeranz, who was scratched from his final scheduled start on Thursday because of soreness in his left forearm and general concern about his 2016 workload, will throw a 30-35 pitch bullpen.

If he responds well, he could then see some relief action over the final weekend at Fenway to determine his readiness for the playoffs.

"Before we even begin to map out a potential relief appearance over the weekend,'' said John Farrell, "we've got to get through that next step.''

Pomeranz pitched well in his last start at Tropicana Field over the weekend, but has been dealing with some discomfort in his forearm.

"I've had some soreness here, late in the year,'' Pomeranz said. "I've thrown more innings than I have ever (before), so we kind of sat down and talked about the best course of action the rest of the way.''

Pomeranz described what he felt as "just some soreness, probably from never covering this time of the year. It's a spot I've never been in before. We just decided the best thing to do was not making this last start and talk about maybe sliding into the bullpen.''

The lefty is no stranger to the bullpen, having pitched there as recently as last season while with Oakland.

"I've had the benefit of doing pretty much everything (in terms of roles),'' he said. "I'm pretty comfortable in any situation. If they see me helping there, obviously, that's where I want to be. But I don't know if it's a sure thing. We'll have to see how it goes.''

Meanwhile, another sidelined starter, Steven Wright, is expected to rejoin the team in Boston Friday. Wright threw a bullpen off the mound earlier this week in Fort Myers as he attempts to come back from inflammation in his shoulder.

 

Wednesday's Red Sox-Yankees lineups: Second try at clinching A.L. East

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Wednesday's Red Sox-Yankees lineups: Second try at clinching A.L. East

The Red Sox try again to nail down the A.L. East crown tonight, sending Clay Buchholz to the mound against the Yankees while needed just one victory -- or one Toronto defeat -- to clinch the division.

Tonight's lineups:

RED SOX:
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Mookie Betts RF
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Brock Holt 3B
Andrew Benintendi LF
Sandy Leon C
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Clay Buchholz P

YANKEES:
Brett Gardner LF
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Gary Sanchez C
Brian McCann DH
Starlin Castro 2B
Didi Gregorious SS
Mark Texeira 1B
Chase Headley 3B
Mason Williams RF
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Bryan Mitchell P