Friday July 27, 2012 | 06:10 AM

Back in spring training, we watched Aaron Cook pitch a game for the Sea Dogs. He looked good, but still with a long way to go in his comeback.

Now, near the end of July, Cook (2-3, 3.50 ERA) gets the ball in Yankee Stadium, for the start of the three-game series with New York. The Yankees will go with Phil Hughes (9-8, 4.09).

Boston is 10.5 games behind New York. The Red Sox may not have a chance to catch the Yankees, but they are 4.5 games behind in the Wild Card race - with a lot of teams to pass.

The standings: 

AL EAST
Yankees 59-39
Orioles 52-47 (7.5 back)
Rays 51-48 (8.5)
Blue Jays 49-49 (10)
Red Sox 49-50 (10.5)

WILD CARD
Angels 54-45
A’s 53-45
Tigers 53-46 (0.5 back)
Orioles 52-47 (1.5)
Rays 51-48 (2.5)
Indians 50-49 (3.5)
Blue Jays 49-49 (4)
Red Sox 49-50 (4.5)

In the minors, Portland was rained out. A couple of pitching notes: Chris Carpenter threw a hitless inning for Pawtucket (2 K), lowering his Triple-A ERA to 1.50 ... Brandon Workman, a likely member of the Sea Dogs 2013 rotation, pitched 6 1/3 innings for Salem - 6 H, 3 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 6 K's.


 

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