Thursday July 26, 2012 | 12:39 AM

Yankees 59-39
Orioles 51-47 (8 back)
Rays 51-47 (8)
Red Sox 49-50 (10.5)
Blue Jays 48-49 (10.5)

A’s 53-44
Angels 54-45
White Sox or Tigers 53-45 (0.5 back)
Orioles 51-47 (2.5)
Rays 51-47 (2.5)
Indians 49-49 (4.5)
Red Sox 49-50 (5)
Blue Jays 48-49 (5)

The Red Sox are off today, before a three-game series in the Bronx.

In the minors, Pawtucket outfielder Juan Carlos Linares (.333) went 3-for-4 ... Reliever Alex Wilson  allowed 1 hit and 1 walk over 2 innings, lowering his ERA to 3.30 (and 1.98 in July).

Kolbrin Vitek just came off a lengthy stay on the disabled list. The former first-round draft pick is back at third base for Portland. Vitek (.258) had two doubles on Wednesday ... reliever Michael Olmsted made his Double-A debut (2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K).

Salem remains the teams with several prospects. Michael Almanzar, 21, went 3-for-4, his on-base string ending at 16 plate appearances. Almanzar is batting .316 with a .369 on-base percentage/.481 slugging percentage and .849 OPS.

Xander Bogaerts, 19, hit his 14th HR this year. He's batting .284, .358/.478/.836.

Keith Couch, 22, pitched a rare complete game in Class A, going 9 innings (10 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 4 K).

Greenville third baseman Garin Cecchini (.304) went 3-for-4.

The Sea Dogs are in Binghamton the next four days.


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