Sunday July 22, 2012 | 07:24 AM

Another loss. Another question about the Red Sox chances this year.

After Saturday's defeat to the Blue Jays, Boston is 48-47 and close to being last in the AL East. In the wild card race, four teams are tied at the top. Boston is 2 1/2 games back.

Here's a look: 

Yankees 57-37
Orioles 50-44 (7 back)
Rays 49-46 (8.5
Red Sox 48-47 (9.5)
Blue Jays 47-47 (10)

Angels 51-44
Orioles 50-44
White Sox 50-44
A’s 50-44
Rays 49-46 (1.5 back)
Red Sox 48-47 (2.5)
Indians 47-47 (3)
Blue Jays 47-47 (3)

Today, two 5-7 pitchers oppose each other at Fenway: Toronto's Henderson Alvarez (4.29) and Boston's Jon Lester (4.80). Lester has not been able to turn his season around, although his last win was against the Blue Jays.

In Triple-A, newly-promoted Chris Hernandez is expected to get his first start tonight for Pawtucket, in Louisville.

Hernandez's former teammate, and fellow lefty, Drake Britton, rebounded from his last start (9 H, 4 BB, 8 R) to shut down New Hampshire Saturday (7 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 8 K).

Salem first baseman Travis Shaw (.320) continues his fine season, going 3-for-4 with his 16th home run.

And Greenville catcher Blake Swihart (.268) keeps improving, going 2-for-4 with a triple. He also was 1-for-1 in throwing out baserunners trying to steal.

Today's Sunday Column looks at Brock Huntzinger's adjustment in the bullpen.

I will check back from Fenway. Thanks for reading the blog (and the tweets: ClearTheBases)

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