Thursday August 12, 2010 | 07:44 AM

Remember when Clay Buchholz was sent to Portland two years ago to get his act together? All kind of comments came in stating that Buchholz was done and should be traded while the Red Sox could still get something.

Boston kept Buchholz and look what they're getting so far this year: 13-5, 2.49 ERA. While Jon Lester slipped some after the All-Star break, and while Josh Beckett still tries to figure it out, Clay Buchholz is the Boston ace for now. He pitched 8 innings Wednesday night (5 H 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K).

AL East: NYY 70-43; TB 69-45 (1.5 back); BOS 66-49 (3.5)

Wild card: CWS/MINN 64-50 (1.5 behind Boston)

TODAY: Boston plays Toronto at 12:30 p.m.; the Yankees go to Kansas City; the Rays are off; and Minnesota plays one more at Chicago.

John Lackey (10-7, 4.60) goes for Boston against left-handed spot starter Brad Mills.

The Yankees have the C.C.(14-5)  going against the Royals' Bruce Chen (7-5).

The Red Sox called up catcher Jarrod Saltamacchia, who likely gets the start today ... will first baseman Carlos Delgado join the Sox? He got two hits for Pawtucket Wednesday night.

Portland won and both Anthony Rizzo (.272) and Luis Exposito (.271) went deep; Rizzo's 15th, Exposito's ninth.

Jose Iglesias again was the DH for Lowell (1-for-4).


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