Sunday September 05, 2010 | 09:34 AM

When I blogged that a doubleheader sweep was necessary, I meant for the RED Sox to do the sweeping.

Oh well, Boston (76-50) is 7.5 games behind the Tampa Bay Rays in the wild card chase - eight games back in the loss column.

And yes, the Red Sox still have a chance, dwindling as it is.

Join me in Fantasyland for a moment.

Today: Boston wins and Tampa Bay loses (Red Sox 7 games back in the loss column)

Monday-Wednesday: Boston sweeps Tampa Bay (4 back)

Thursday through Sept. 23: Among Tampa Bay's 13 games are seven against the Yankees. The reeling Rays go 6-7, while Boston plays 12 games and goes 9-3 (a wild card tie!)

A guy can dream can't he.

Back in reality, the Sea Dogs won with the usual players coming through with RBI, including Anthony Rizzo hitting his 24th home run of the season (5 with Salem, 19 with Portland). See THE STORY.

With the pop he is showing, Rizzo is bound to be one of the off-season "stars" as the media looks toward the Red Sox future. I write about that and other prospect news in TODAY'S COLUMN.

Greenville's Michael Almanzar, the 19-year-old bonus baby from Dominican, is showing signs of life with his 10th home run. He is batting .248 ... first baseman Reynaldo Rodriguez, 24, a former Yankees minor leaguer who was signed out of the independent leagues, his his 13th and 14th home run for Greenville. He's batting .281.

Lowell center fielder Felix Sanchez, 20, is definitely a player to watch. He had three hits Saturday and is batting .324.




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