Monday July 25, 2011 | 06:40 AM

The Red Sox are doing what they are supposed to be doing against bad teams - win. Now, after sweeping the Mariners, Boston welcomes Kansas City (42-59) to town. Jon Lester (10-4) gets the start tonight.

The AL East standings:

Boston 62-37
New York 59-40 (3 back)
Tampa Bay 53-47 (9.5)

For more on the Red Sox win Sunday (as well as some of the Maine Day festivities), see today's column.

In the minors, the Ryan Lavarnway watchers may have been disappointed to see him go 0-for-3, dropping the average to .372. But he did have two walks (OBP now .449), including one key base-on-balls with two outs in the ninth inning.

With Pawtucket trailing by one, Lars Anderson followed Lavarnway with a two-run homer, for a 7-6 win over Buffalo ... Luis Exposito (the other catcher in Pawtucket) was 3-for-5 with his 6th home run.

In Double-A, Junichi Tazawa did not allow a hit until a solo home run in the fourth. He went 4 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 4 K. Reliever Charle Rosario has not been returned to Greenville. Maybe he will stick around. He pitched 3 innings: 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K.



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