The Boston Red Sox were officially eliminated from playoff contention this evening after a 5-4 loss to the Chicago White Sox. The Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees guaranteed themselves playoff spots with victories tonight over the Baltimore Orioles and the Toronto Blue Jays, respectively.
The Red Sox were plagued by injuries in 2010. Dustin Pedroia, Kevin Youkilis and Jacoby Ellsbury all had season ending injuries. Other Sox players who missed significant amounts of time include Victor Martinez, Jason Varitek, Clay Buchholz, Josh Beckett, Daisuke Matsuzaka and Hideki Okajima.
Yet the Sox found a way to contend as players like Ryan Kalish, Daniel Nava and Dernell McDonald rose to the occasion and proved they belonged in the big leagues.
After all is said and done, Terry Francona's squad could finish the year with 90 plus wins. Otherwise, Red Sox Nation will wait until next year.