Monday August 16, 2010 | 05:47 AM

Do you think the Toronto Blue Jays could catch the Red Sox? Well, the Jays are closer to Boston (4 games), than the Red Sox are to Tampa Bay (5 games).

But the Red Sox have a few variables that could help them make up ground. Of their next 21 games, 15 are at Fenway Park (including the next nine straight. Plus, Boston welcomes back Dustin Pedroia (see the story in today's Press Herald).

Here are the AL EAST leaders: New York 72-45; Tampa Bay 71-46 (1 game back); Boston 67-52 (six back).

From tonight until Sept. 8, New York has 23 games, Tampa Bay 23, and Boston 21.

New York: 4 vs. Detroit, 4 vs. Seattle, 3 at Toronto, 3 at White Sox, 4 vs. Oakland, 3 vs. Toronto, 3 vs. Baltimore.

Tampa Bay: 3 vs. Texas, 4 at Oakland, 3 at Angels, 3 vs. Boston, 3 vs. Toronto, 4 at Baltimore, 3 at Boston.

Boston: 3 vs. Angels, 3 vs. Toronto, 3 vs. Seattle, 3 at Tampa Bay, 3 at Baltimore, 3 vs. White Sox, 3 vs. Tampa Bay.

While the Red Sox are off tonight, there is a good game in St. Petersburg (Cliff Lee vs. David Price). The Yankees have Javier Vazquez on the mound tonight (and the C.C. Sabathia Tuesday against Justin Verlander).


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