Thursday May 12, 2011 | 06:31 AM

At 17-20, the Red Sox are fortunate to be only 4.5 games out of first place, as the New York Yankees lost in 11 innings to Kansas City, despite a solid start from A.J. Burnett (7 IP, H, R, 5 BB, 6 K).

New York was 2-for-16 with runners in scoring position (that sounds familiar to Red Sox fans).

Yanks play KC again tonight, while Boston is off, before heading to the Bronx for the weekend. The Red Sox are throwing Buchholz, Beckett and Lester. An opportunity to jump near the top.

Pawtucket out-hit Gwinnett 4-2, and lost 2-0. One problem is that Matt Sheely had three of the PawSox hits.

Kyle Weiland (4.11 ERA) put in another swing-and-miss night, recording 9 strikeouts in 6 innings (2 H, 2 R, 4 BB). With 2 outs in the fourth, Weiland allowed both runs on a walk, double and single.

Anthony Ranaudo (3.60) looks so dominant for Greenville some nights and then there are the ones like Wednesday: 2 2/3 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 2 BB, 5 K.

Greenville got plenty of pop from Bryce Brentz (.381), who went 4-for-5 with his 8th HR, plus 4 RBI ... Miles Head (.320) went 3-for-4 with 2 doubles.

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