Wednesday June 08, 2011 | 06:17 AM

Eight teams in the American League sport a winning record. Four of them are in the East division - New York (33-25), Boston (34-26), Tampa Bay (32-29) and Toronto (31-30).

Tonight, Boston goes with Tim Wakefield (3-1, 4.40) goes against A.J. Burnett (6-3, 3.86). While Wakefield is not a long-term answer as the No. 5 starter (Andrew Miller?), he is filling in nicely (2-0, 3.20 in his last 3 starts).

There was a rumor that former Sea Dogs first baseman Anthony Rizzo was going to get called up from Triple-A Tucson to San Diego - in time for the 3-game series at Fenway Park June 20-22.

Rizzo was summoned to San Diego, but it was to get his aching left hand looked at. The sore hand does not seem to have slowed him much. He's batting .365 with 16 home runs and 63 RBI in 52 games.

Future Sox bullpen right-hander Kyle Weiland started for Pawtucket Tuesday: 5 IP, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K.

Sea Dogs outfielder Chih-Hsien Chiang (.311) continued his tear with his 10th home run on Tuesday. Portland is 6-0 in June. See The Story.

A couple of Class A first baseman are doing well. And when Reynaldo Rodriguez (.317) eventually gets called to Portland from Salem, he will be replaced by Greenville's Miles Head (.343). both went 2-for-4 on Tuesday.

And for a look at Day 2 in the draft, see the Press Herald.


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