Tuesday October 19, 2010 | 03:07 AM

The Boston Red Sox have five starting pitchers signed up through 2012 (when Daisuke Matsuzaka's contract is up).

Does that prevent Boston from going after Cliff Lee?


But going after Lee, 32, makes sense for one reason - to keep him away from the Yankees. As Tom Caron points out in his weekly column in the Portland Press Herald, the Yankees will likely heavily pursue Lee. His performance in Yankee Stadium on Monday night (8 IP, 2 H, 13 K) was a perfect audition for his appearance on the free agent market.

Caron also writes that Boston will not try to sign Lee.

Red Sox fans will have to hope for Josh Beckett and John Lackey to get back in their respective grooves.

And that bullpen could use some help, in case you didn't notice.

Finally, one note from the Arizona Fall League. Three Sea Dogs got into Monday's game - catcher Ryan Lavarnway (1-for-4, RBI), shortstop Jose Iglesias (1-for-5), and reliever Dan Turpen (1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 K).


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