The Unibomber

All I have to say it’s about time that baseball is being played. I hate this waiting crap just as much as the players do. There’s only so much network TV a man can handle. The Red Sox announced their ALCS roster yesterday and the only change was adding Tim Wakefield and taking Kevin Cash off the roster. The rotations are set as the Red Sox will be throwing Beckett, Schilling, Matsuzaka, and Wakefield while the Indians will counter with Sabathia, Carmorna, Westbrook, and Byrd. Terry Francona also confirmed what had been rumored about Bobby Kielty starting in right field. If you’re worried about the weather in Boston today, this is what the forecast is calling for:

Friday: Rain likely, mainly before 9am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 63. West wind around 17 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 44. West wind between 10 and 18 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph.

So now that you’ve had your weather report for Boston, why not take a look at the headlines from the Boston and Cleveland area on the morning of the duel between Beckett and Sabathia. Also be sure to check out Texy’s post over at Center Field about a new book coming out entitled “A Tale of Three Papelbons“. It is written by a front office staffer for the Lowell Spinners. All proceeds of the book are going to a worthy cause.

Red Sox in a favorable position [Boston Globe]

A mature C.C. Sabathia has grown into the role of Indians pitching ace [The Plain Dealer]

Zeroes could abound [Boston Herald]

Staying calm among ALCS storm is key for Indians [Akron Beacon Journal]

Arms Can Carry Them [Hartford Courant]

Sabathia vs. Beckett is a dream match-up [Pro Jo]

The long, painful summer of David Ortiz [Boston Globe]

Aces up for Game 1 [The Plain Dealer]

Lowell: ‘I love it here’ [Boston Herald]

Wedge learns to be lenient [Akron Beacon Journal]

Kielty To Start In Game 1 [Hartford Courant]

In terms of closers, stats say Sox have the edge [Pro Jo]

For more headlines and stories, head over to the Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Hartford Courant, Providence Journal, The Plain Dealer and Akron Beacon Journal websites.