Sunday September 26, 2010 | 07:08 AM

Boston beats the Yankees 7-3 and there still is sign of a Red Sox heartbeat. The magic numbers for Tampa Bay (93-61) and New York (92-63) are 2 and 3 , respectively.

Boston (86-68) could make it interesting (with Toronto's help). The Red Sox have to win tonight in the Bronx. But Boston has the unpredictable one, Daisuke Matsuzaka, on the mound. The Yankees have Dustin Moseley, who is 2-0 vs. the Red Sox.

Boston is 5.5 games behind New York. After tonight, the Red Sox play four in Chicago; the Yankees three in Toronto. Heading into next weekend's three-game series with the Yankees at Fenway, it would be fun if the Red Sox were three games back.

And  should the inevitable happen, and the Red Sox pack up their clubhouse next week, what about next year.

Glad you asked? In TODAY'S COLUMN, we take a look at the Red Sox options. What to do with Tim Wakefield? Keep David Ortiz? Platoon J.D. Drew? Should Ryan Kalish begin 2011 in Triple-A?

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