Tuesday July 05, 2011 | 07:38 AM

Have a few days off, so my 10-year-old is giving me updates. He rushed into the living room last night with a smile on his face and two words: "Yankees lost."

Well, that may be some consolation on a day when John Lackey gave up seven early runs. After the Red Sox defeat, A.J. Burnett gave up a Yankees lead in New York's 6-3 loss to Cleveland. Derek Jeter, headed to 3,000 hits, went 0-for-4. Of bigger concern is Mariano Rivera's sore triceps muscle. See the New York Post story.

While Lackey struggled, Pawtucket's Kyle Weiland shined again: 6 2/3 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 6 K ... Lars Anderson (.251) hit a home run (his 6th) for a second straight game.

The Sea Dogs lost but Will Middlebrooks went back over .300 (.301) with a 3-for-3 night ... Caleb Clay (6.58) had a promising relief stint (3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K).

A quick post. The laptop is going away for the day.

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