Tuesday August 17, 2010 | 05:58 AM

Scoreboard: DET 3, NYY 1; TB 6, TEX 4

AL EAST: New York and Tampa Bay 72-46. Boston (67-52) is 5.5 games behind, but six games behind in the loss column, with seven weeks to go.

The run for the Red Sox begins tonight in Fenway against the Angels, and Jered Weaver (11-7, 2.87). Boston counters with Clay Buchholz (13-5, 2.49) in the best match-up of the series.

On Monday, the Red Sox signed seven draft picks on deadline day. Boston signed checks totaling $7.2-million in signing bonuses for the seven, according to Baseball America:

Louisiana State pitcher Anthony Ranaudo (supplemental first round; $2.5-million); University of Texas pitcher Brandon Workman (second; $800,000) high school shortstop Matthew Price (third; $1.3-million) high school shortstop Garin Cecchini (fourth; $1.3-million ); University of Miami pitcher Chris Hernandez (seventh, $375,000 ) ; Virginia Tech pitcher Matthew Price (eighth; $415,000); junior college outfielder Lucas LeBlanc (11th; $500,000).

Ranaudo was the big prize. He may have been the best pitcher out of college but slipped because of injury. Agent Scott Boras had Ranaudo pitch in the Cape Cod League to prove his dominance, and get a bigger bonus. It worked.

The Red Sox signed their first 10 selections in the draft and 14 of the top 15. Boston earlier signed first-round pick Kolbrin Vitek of Ball State ($1.35-million).

The Sea Dogs return to Hadlock Field tonight. Shortstop Jose Iglesias is expected back in uniform.

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