Friday August 26, 2011 | 05:40 AM

The Red Sox and Yankees are staying with each other in the AL East. There is little doubt that both will make the playoffs. Winning the division and getting home field advantage may be the different in the playoffs.

The standings: 

AL East
Boston 80-50
New York 78-50 (1 back)
Tampa Bay 70-59 (9.5)

Wild Card
New York 78-50
Angels 71-59 (8 back)
Tampa Bay 70-59 (8.5 back)

The Red Sox finally return to Boston, with Tim Wakefield going for this 200th win (again), against the A's. New York and A.J. Burnett are in Baltimore.

The Angels may be listed in the Wild Card race, but their real hope is the division title. They trail Texas by two games and are in Arlington tonight.

In the minors, Pawtucket poured it on Thursday night. Luis Exposito (.240) led the charge, going 3-for-5 with his 8th home run ... Kyle Weiland started (6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 1 K) and Felix Doubront relieved (2 IP, 1 H).

Jeremy Hazelbaker (.261) paced the Sea Dogs, going 4-for-5 with two home runs ... Alex Hassan (.297) was 2-for-4.

The blog will be quiet for the weekend (off to Washington D.C. to visit my daughter ... and a hurricane).

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