Sunday June 26, 2011 | 03:02 AM

In today's Baseball Column, we talked to former Red Sox scouting director Jason McLeod about the challenges of being with a small market team like San Diego.

Of course, after the Red Sox have lost four straight - two to the Padres and two to the Pirates - maybe it isn't such a challenge for the little guys.

But we all know better. Big-market teams like Boston will always have an advantage, as long as they don't rely solely on money.

As for the Red Sox's losing streak, they are still 44-32, second best in the AL, a half-game behind the Yankees. Three of those losses have come in starts by Aceves, Lackey and Wakefield. Not a huge shock.

In the minors, Pawtucket catcher Ryan Lavarnway (.341) hit his third home run in 10 Triple-A games ... reliever Franklin Morales (1.42 ERA) looks near-ready to come off his rehab (1 IP, 2 K).

Bobby Jenks started for Portland on his rehab (1 IP, 1 H, 1 K). But the rest of the pitching could not hold up in a 9-5 loss. Chih-Hsien Chiang (.300) hit a grand slam, his 12th home run.

Follow the tweets today (ClearTheBases). I'll be at the Sea Dogs game in New Hampshire.


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