Wednesday September 08, 2010 | 08:39 AM

The gap is 4.5 games. Still enough time to make up ground.

It's true. The Toronto Blue Jays could catch the Boston Red Sox for third place in the AL East.

While "experts" have been saying for weeks that the Sox are out of the playoff hunt, Tuesday's 14-5 loss to Tampa Bay sealed the deal. Instead of pitching Clay Buchholz in a must-win today, Boston is bringing Tim Wakefield to the mound.

The standings: Yankees 86-53; Rays 84-54 (1.5 back); Red Sox 77-62 (9 back); Blue Jays 72-66 (13.5 back).

Look for the young kids to play tonight. We take a look at those kids, especially the ones who began the year in Portland, in today's Press Herald.

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Kevin Thomas covers baseball and basketball for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. He wisely moved to Maine in 1994 after working for the St. Petersburg Times. He is married to Nancy and they have nine children.

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