Wednesday August 25, 2010 | 06:31 AM

So Boston won't add self-proclaimed idiot Johnny Damon to the roster. Yes, he might have helped the Red Sox some, but you can't blame Damon for staying after getting a reassurance from Detroit that he will get playing time through the end of the season.

If Boston acquired Damon and then quickly dropped out of the playoff picture, the Red Sox would have wanted to play their young kids in the outfield. With Damon a free agent again after the season, he and agent Scott Boras want Damon to be playing through September.

Boston accomplish one thing - Damon will not be going to the Ray or Yankees ... although that may not matter since both teams keep on adding numbers to the W column.

With the Red Sox rained out, New York and Tampa Bay (both 77-48) moved six games ahead of Boston (72-54).

In the minors, Josh Reddick went 5-for-5 with a homer for Pawtucket. That makes Reddick 8-for-9 with three home runs in the past two days. Reddick used to struggle to keep the average above .200. He's now at .260 ... Lars Anderson (.258) was 2-for-4.

Two of Portland's best hitters these days are catchers Ryan Lavarnway and Luis Exposito. One is usually the DH when not catching. The recently-promoted Lavarnway (.270) went 1-for-3 with a home run ... That's five Double-A home runs in 32 games, and 19 homers for the season ... Exposito (.269) was 2-for-4 with two doubles.

Lowell was rained out. And the Spinners lost first-round draft pick Kolbrin Vitek (.270) to a promotion to Greenville.



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