Sunday September 18, 2011 | 09:56 PM

With a doubleheader Monday against the Orioles and then Erik Bedard going Tuesday on a likely tight pitch count, the Boston Red Sox have to be concerned about taxing the bullpen (even if there is a mob out there with all the call-ups from Pawtucket).

Kyle Weiland starts Game 1. Weiland (0-2, 7.58 ERA) has had some rocky outings, but he did have his best start in Baltimore (6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 2 K).

John Lackey starts Game 2.

Baltimore is 62-88, but the Orioles have been playing tough lately, going 7-4 in their past 11 games, and winning 3 of their last 4 series (against the Yankees, Rays and Angels).

The Rays are off today. The Yankees have a home make-up game against the Twins, at 1 p.m. New York is throwing A.J. Burnett

Here are the standings: 

AL East
New York 91-40
Boston 87-65 (4.5 back)
Tampa Bay 85-67 (6.5)

Wild Card
Boston 87-65
Tampa Bay 85-67 (2 back)
LA Angels 83-69 (4)

New York's magic number to clinch the division: 7.

Boston's magic number to clinch the wild card: 9.

Remaining Games:
NEW YORK (11): Minnesota (1), Tampa Bay (4), Boston (3), at Tampa Bay (3).

BOSTON (10): Baltimore (4), at New York (3), at Baltimore (3).

TAMPA BAY (10): at New York (4), Toronto (3), New York (3).

The playoff seeds at the moment:
1. New York 91-60
2. Detroit 89-64
3. Texas 88-65
4. Boston (wild card)

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