Sunday September 25, 2011 | 12:10 AM

Before the season began, we wrote about the high expectations for the Red Sox, but how they will have to battle the Yankees and Rays, just to make the playoffs.

In Today's Column, we look back at those thoughts on the Red Sox, and how they compare with the reality of today.

And speaking of today, with a doubleheader in New York, the Red Sox could go a long way toward clinching a playoff spot ... or they could be tied with Tampa Bay at the end of the day.

The standings: 

Wild Card
Boston 88-69
Tampa Bay 87-71 (1.5 back)
LA Angels 86-72 (2.5)

Boston's magic number to clinch the wild card: 4.

Remaining Games:
BOSTON (5): at New York (2), at Baltimore (3).

TAMPA BAY (4): Toronto (1), New York (3).

LA ANGELS (4): Oakland (1), Texas (3)

TODAY'S GAMES
Boston (Tim Wakefield 7-7 and John Lackey 12-12) at New York (A.J. Burnett 10-11 and Ivan Nova (16-4)
Toronto (Brett Cecil 4-10) at Tampa Bay (Wade Davis 10-10)
Oakland (Rich Harden 4-4) at Angels (Joel Pineiro 7-7)

The playoff seeds at the moment:
1. New York 96-61
2. Texas 92-66
3. Detroit 91-67
4. Boston (wild card)

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