Thursday August 26, 2010 | 09:37 AM

Boston remains 5.5 games behind (six in the loss column) in the race for a playoff spot. Tough match-up for the Red Sox Wednesday night, with last-minute starter Tim Wakefield against Felix Hernandez, resulting in a 4-2 loss.

The Yankees and Rays (both 78-49) and Boston (73-55) are all off today.

For all of the Red Sox woes, their record is only one game behind the playoff teams of 2008 and 2009 (both 74-54 at this point). And the 2007 World Championship team was 77-51, which would be good for third place in the AL East this year.

Obviously, the series in St. Petersburg, Fla. this weekend is huge. We'll talk about that in a later blog.

Pawtucket won a unique 8-3 decision with five runs in the top of the 10th. After going up 4-3 in the inning, Josh Reddick came up with bases loaded and swatted a grand slam. Reddick's three-day totals: 6-for-15, 4 HR, 8 RBI

Jose Iglesias (.303 went 3-for-5 for the Sea Dogs. Chih-Hsien Chiang, 22, who plays in the shadow of the other outfielder from Taiwan (Che-Hsuan Lin) was 2-for-4 with his 10th home run. He is now batting .254, but has improved as the season progressed. Look at his monthy averages:

April: .117; May: .212; June: .272; July: .320; August: .297.


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