Saturday May 28, 2011 | 12:03 PM

To all those people who were screaming for changes when the Red Sox were struggling in April, we offer this item: Boston (29-22) is in first place in the American League East, a game ahead of the Yankees (27-22) and 1 1/2 over the Rays (27-23.

For all those people screaming with delight, we offer the same comment we did in April:

It's early.

Great night Friday for Red Sox and local baseball fans. With Boston comfortably ahead of the Tigers, fans could cheer on South Portland's Charlie Furbush who relieved for the Tigers and shutout Boston for five innings.

That makes two relief appearances for Furbush: 8 2/3 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 9 K. Looks like a keeper.

The Sea Dogs have a doubleheader with Trenton today - with a chance to extend one streak and end one skid.

Stephen Fife starts the first game. He has won his last three starts.

Jeremy Kehrt starts the second game. In the last 15 games not started by Fife, the Sea Dogs are winless. Weird.

Sox lineup for Game 1: Jeremy Hazelbaker CF, Alex Hassan LF, Ryan Lavarnway DH, Tim Federowicz C, Will Middlebrooks 3B, Chih-Hsien Chiang RF, Oscar Tejeda 2B, Jon Hee 1B, Vladimir Frias SS. (Stephen Fife P).

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