Thursday June 28, 2012 | 12:30 AM

The Red Sox (40-35) remain 6.5 games behind the Yankees (46-28) in the AL East standings, but are now tied for third with Tampa Bay, and 1.5 games behind Baltimore (41-33).

Tonight, the Red Sox are in Seattle. Franklin Morales (1-1, 3.12 ERA) vs. Felix Hernandez (5-5, 3.36).

Kevin Youkilis had his best game with the White Sox, going 3-for-4.

Ryan Lavarnway (.320) went 3-for-4 for Pawtucket ... Daniel Bard pitched a 1-2-3 innings (10 pitches/7 strikes).

In Portland, Jackie Bradley Jr. upped his average to .367 with a 2-for-5 night.

In the Gulf Coast League, Carl Crawford made a rehab start in left field. he went 1-for-3 with a double ... Jacoby Ellsbury is to start his rehab in the GCL, as early as Friday,

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