The Boston Red Sox have gone about eliminating the competition for a playoff spot. While the New York Yankees, currently enjoying an eight game lead in the AL East, have done the deed on Boston, the Red Sox turned around a nd got the edge on Tampa Bay this week. All it took was winning two of three and now Boston enjoys a six game lead. Their nearest competition is now the Texas Rangers, who trail by three. The door is open for the Rangers to take it but they’ll have to step it up and do it without Josh Hamilton, who’s sidelined with back problems.