Wednesday August 11, 2010 | 06:22 AM

It is one of the great traditions as a baseball season nears the end: Scoreboard watching.

Tuesday night: BOS 7, TOR 5; TEX 4, NYY 3; TB 8, DET 0; MIN 12, CWS 6

That leaves the Yankees (69-43) with a half-game lead on the Rays (69-44) and five games ahead of Boston (65-49).

The wild card: Tampa Bay leads Boston by 4.5 games, and the White Sox by six games.

Texas beat the Yankees on David Murphy's walk-off RBI single in the 10th, off Mariano Rivera. Murphy, the former Sea Dogs outfielder, also homered in the game.

How cool was it to watch Felix Doubront and Ryan Kalish play a role in the Red Sox 7-5 win in Toronto? Both players began the season in Portland.

Doubront relieved in the sixth inning and pitched out of a bases-loaded jam. He did give up a home run to Jose Bautista in the seventh, but Doubront looks like he will contribute to the end. After Mike Lowell put Boston up for good with a home run in the eighth, Kalish followed with a pinch-hit single, and then scored on Jed Lowrie's double ... Kalish is batting .367.

Lots of standouts for Pawtucket Tuesday: Daniel Nava (.300) was 3-for-6 with a home run ... and Yamaico Navarro (.321), Bubba Bell (.299) and Lars Anderson (.244) all had two hits.

Luis Exposito had a double and his 80th RBI for Portland, part of a 6-3 win in Bowie.

Salem infielder Oscar Tejeda (.317) had two hits.

Jose Iglesias continues to DH for Lowell. He went 3-for-4 and is batting .435. So hitting is not a problem. When he can field in a game, Iglesias will come back to the Sea Dogs.

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