The injury-plagued, excitement-challenged 2010 Red Sox season is almost at an end.


Boston, which has the day off today, returns to Fenway Park tomorrow for the start of a six-game homestand against Toronto and Baltimore.


They’re at Yankee Stadium next weekend, then visit Chicago for four games against the White Sox.


The one and only? October series is a three-game home set against the Yankees. Boston was 6.5 games out of the wild card chase yesterday.


Chasing the pennant

Of baseball’s six divisions, three are first-place blowouts and three are tight races. Here’s our picks to win the AL East, NL East and NL West.

Sorry, Sox fans. With the Red Sox seven games back yesterday afternoon, this is a two-horse race. The Yankees entered their grudge match at Tampa Bay last night up by 0.5 games over the Rays, and their experience will make the difference. Pick: Yanks by two.


The Braves lost to Washington yesterday, falling 2.5 games behind the first-place Phillies. Atlanta’s woeful road record (31-41) will doom them in the end. Pick: Phils by four


The Padres continued their late-season slide yesterday, dropping a 9-6 decision at Colorado to slip to just one game clear of San Francisco. This one goes down to the wire, and San Diego will fade. Pick: Giants by one