Daily Sports: Boston Leads The Way On Friday

The great city of Boston takes the lead in Friday’s TV daily sports agenda, with a mix of high-profile baseball and under-the-radar college football.

MLB Network is on the call for the second game of the Red Sox-Yankees series from the Bronx, starting at 7 PM ET. Boston is looking to keep its cushion in the AL East, while New York is still pushing hard to complete its rally for a wild-card berth. MLB Network will also have coverage of a good National League game in the Los Angeles Dodgers and Cincinnati Reds, with both teams looking on cruise control to the playoffs, but the Reds still hoping to win the NL Central.

College football has pushed its normal Thursday night telecast back to Friday, so as not to conflict with last night’s NFL opener. Good move—while no one competes with the NFL under any circumstances, I think it’s safe to say that Wake Forest-Boston College (8 PM ET, ESPN2) would not have drawn away any viewers from the NFL, save for maybe a few parents of BC and Wake players.

But if you like college football, it’s an interesting game, one of ten games TheSportsNotebook looked at as part of its review of the Week 2 undercard. We’ve also, of course, previewed the three marquee games of Saturday, which are Florida-Miami, South Carolina-Georgia and Notre Dame-Michigan, all on ESPN in succession tomorrow.

Today at TheSportsNotebook we’ll be talking some baseball, sizing up the landscape of the playoff race, updating in the injury situation and looking at each contender’s weekend schedule. We’ll also have a feature, still TBD, associated with that. And we’ll take a look at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regular season finale that goes Saturday night in Richmond.