Monday August 15, 2011 | 05:57 AM

When Kevin Youkilis hit a two-run homer off of reliever Jeff Gray, it all was going to play for Mainers who are Red Sox fans. They could cheer for Seattle starter Charlie Furbush, of South Portland, to do well ... but not to actually beat the Sox.

Furbush held Boston to one run over seven innings. Youkilis' homer made it 5-3 in the 8th ... But that was as close as Boston would come. Furbush, with an outstanding outing, gets the win over the team he once cheered for.

Now for the standings: 

AL East
Boston 73-46
New York 72-46 (0.5 back)
Tampa Bay 64-55 (9)

Wild Card
New York 72-46
Angels 65-56 (8.5 back)
Tampa Bay 64-55 (8.5)

Excellent piece by Alex Speier of on the Red Sox saying a "quick no" to Seattle when the Mariners asked for catcher Ryan Lavarnway in trade talks.

Deadline is nearing for draft picks to sign. The Red Sox are reportedly close to signing outfielder Senquez Golson, an outfielder who is also on a football scholarship to the University of Mississippi.

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