Friday August 12, 2011 | 06:48 AM

The Red Sox and Mariners begin a 3-game series in Seattle. John Lackey (10-8, 6.14) goes against the hot rookie Blake Beaven (3-2, 2.83).

Saturday features a good one: Josh Beckett (9-24, 2.17) vs. Felix Hernandez (10-10, 3.31).

Sunday will be special for fans in South Portland and St. Joseph's College. Maine's own Charlie Furbush (2-4, 4.46) goes against Tim Wakefield (6-4, 4.92). Furbush is 25, Wakefield 45.

Meanwhile, the Rays and Yankees meet for three in New York.

The standings: 

AL East
Boston 72-44
New York 71-45 (1 back)
Tampa Bay 63-54 (9.5)

Wild Card
New York 71-45
Angels 64-54 (8 back)

The Sea Dogs begin a 3-game series at home, against the Erie Seawolves. Check out the Twitter - @ClearTheBases


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