Sunday August 08, 2010 | 08:12 AM

My apologies for the lack of blogs. I have been on bereavement leave.

As for the Red Sox (63-48), they have another team to keep their eyes on. While Boston trails New York (68-41) by 6 games, and Tampa Bay (67-43) by 1.5, the Minnesota Twins (62-49) are inching their way into the Wild card race, a game behind the Sox.

Tonight, two unpredictable pitchers are on the mound in the Bronx. Josh Beckett (3-1, 5.70 ERA) goes for Boston. He has shined since coming off the DL (2-0 2.18). New York has A.J. Burnett (9-9, 4.93), who can be dominating, or get knocked around, depending on the day.

The Sea Dogs play today ta 1 p.m. Catcher Luis Exposito (.271) has been hot. He went 2-for-3 Saturday night with three more RBI. He now has 78. In the last 10 games, Exposito is batting .351.

In today's Sunday Telegram is a column on shortstop Yamaico Navarro. He may be finally ready to realize his talent. In the column, we also look at others that will be eligible for the Rule V draft after the season.

As for my leave, I had the extreme honor to take part in the celebration of the life of my father-in-law, James Donahue, who passed away last week.

When I was a kid, most of my role models were pro athletes. But now my list is filled with people like Jim, a man who served his community (he was a retired lieutenant in the Somerville, MA Fire Department), and was truly devoted to family (husband of 55 years, father of six, grandfather of 18).

A more patient man, you will not meet.

During tonight's ESPN telecast from New York, the announcers will use all kinds of adjectives to describe greatness. This past week, I have been reminded of a higher level of greatness to aspire to. Thank you Jim.

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Kevin Thomas covers baseball and basketball for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. He wisely moved to Maine in 1994 after working for the St. Petersburg Times. He is married to Nancy and they have nine children.

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