The Baltimore Orioles have officially clinched the AL East, and now it’s time to start the mop up duty for the regular season. Fittingly, the Boston Red Sox are coming to town for a series during garbage time.

Expect a whole lot of prospects and backups this series as the starters begin to get rested.

Here are the AL East standings as of Thursday morning:

1. Baltimore Orioles: 92-60 – Clinched AL East
2. New York Yankees: 78-74 Eliminated
3. Toronto Blue Jays: 77-75, Eliminated
4. Tampa Bay Rays: 74-79, Eliminated
5. Boston Red Sox: 66-87, Eliminated

(Just for yucks, the Red Sox are 26.5 games behind the Orioles)

Programming note: Two normal 7 p.m. NESN games on Friday and Saturday before the afternoon getaway game on Sunday.

Schedule and probable starters

Friday, Sep. 19, 7:05 p.m. – RHP Kevin Gausman vs. RHP Allen Webster
TV: NESN
Radio: 93.7 FM (Boston) / 105.5 FM (Springfield)

Saturday, Sep. 20, 7:05 p.m. – LHP Chris Tillman vs. RHP Rubby De La Rossa
TV: NESN
Radio: 93.7 FM (Boston) / 105.5 FM (Springfield)

Sunday, Sep. 21, 1:35 p.m. – RHP Miguel Gonzalez vs. RHP Joe Kelly
TV: NESN
Radio: 93.7 FM (Boston) / 105.5 FM (Springfield)

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Five Things to Watch

1. Chris Tillman brings it full circle

The Red Sox opened the season against Chris Tillman, and now that the AL East race is over, here’s here to help end the season.

Perhaps one of the first warning signs for the 2014 Red Sox was on opening day when Tillman gave up one run over five innings in a 2-1 Baltimore win.

To be fair, Tillman’s kept it up all season, posting a 12-5 record with a 3.29 ERA, one of many unexpected solid pitching performances for the Orioles this season.

2. Just give ’em the home run title

The Orioles have hit more home runs than anyone else in …read more