How's a little baseball grab you this evening?
We'll start in the Big Apple...Looks like Joe Torre is all done.
NEW YORK -- Joe Torre is out as manager of the New York Yankees, rejecting a substantial pay cut after the team failed to make it past the first round of the playoffs for the third straight year.
Torre turned down a $5 million, one-year contract Thursday that still would have made him the highest paid manager in baseball.
Bench coach Don Mattingly is the leading contender to replace Torre, who led the Yanks to 12 straight playoff appearances and won four World Series championships. Yankees broadcaster Joe Girardi, the NL Manager of the Year with Florida in 2006, is another top contender.
"It's a difficult day," general manager Brian Cashman said.
But it was one Yankees' fans could see coming.
After losing the first two playoff games to Cleveland, owner George Steinbrenner said he didn't think Torre would be back if the Yankees didn't advance. They lost in four games.
Torre, who took over the team to start the 1996 season, made his decision after traveling fom New York to the team's spring training complex in Tampa, Fla. He was accompanied by Cashman and chief operating officer Lonn Trost.
"It is now time for the New York Yankees to move forward," team president Randy Levine said.
Heading west, we've got a critical game situation at the Jake. But if any team can come back from being down 3 games...it's the Boston Red Sox.
TIME: 08:00 P.M. EST
VENUE: Jacobs Field
Boston - Josh Beckett
Cleveland - C.C. Sabathia
Boston is the underdog tonight (heh, the Sox always are).
Check out the complete Head-to Head comparison.
Boston seems ahead in most categories...on paper.
But that's why they play the game.