Friday August 13, 2010 | 05:54 AM

Both the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees entered the bottom of the ninth with three-run leads on Thursday. New York held on for a 4-3 win in Kansas City. Jonathan Papelbon blew the save in a 6-5 Red Sox loss in Toronto.

The character of previous championship Boston teams was the ability to "turn the page" after difficult times. With three games in sweltering Texas, starting tonight, these Red Sox better be able to do that.

Anthony Rizzo hit another home run for the Sea Dogs. He now has 16 homers and 62 RBI in only 84 games with Portland. ... When the Red Sox gather their top prospects for their Rookie Camp this winter, Rizzo will be there.

Another player moving up the prospect rankings is infielder Oscar Tejeda. He is batting .313 and hit his 10th home run Thursday in Salem. It remains a mystery by Tejeda has not reached Portland.

Hopefully, another middle infielder will soon re-join the Sea Dogs. Jose Iglesias, out with a hand injury since May, was finally cleared to play shortstop during his rehab stint with Lowell. He played five innings and handled five grounders (all outs).

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