Sunday July 29, 2012 | 06:04 AM

Felix Doubront (10-5, 4.54 ERA) goes for the Red Sox tonight in Yankee Stadium, against Hiroki Kuroda (10-7, 3.34).

Not only are the Red Sox hoping to finish their road trip through Texas and the Bronx at an even 3-3, but a win puts them at .500 (51-51) again. Win or lose, the Red Sox head back to Fenway in last place in the AL East, and far down the Wild Card standings.

AL EAST
Yankees 60-40
Orioles 52-49 (8.5 back)
Rays 52-49 (8.5)
Blue Jays 451-49 (9)
Red Sox 50-51 (10.5)

WILD CARD
A’s 55-45
Angels 55-46
Tigers 53-48 (2 back)
Orioles 52-49 (3)
Rays 52-49 (3)
Blue Jays 51-49 (3.5)
Indians 50-51 (5)
Red Sox 50-51 (5)

Pawtucket was rained out Saturday, but we need to note Chris Hernandez (1-0, 1.64) winning his first Triple-A game (5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K).

Jeremy Kehrt (5-3, 4.50) has emerged from the bullpen to be a quality starter for Portland. He went 5 2/3 innings on Saturday: 5 H, 1 R, 4 BB, 3 K.

Michael Olmsted has looked lights-out since his recent promotion from Class A. He threw two innings Saturday: 1 H, 5 K ... Josh Fields (2.74 ERA) struck out one in 1 1/3 innings.

Fields, one of the Dogs' best in the bullpen, is also one of the team's spiritual leaders. See Today's Column.

In Portland's win, Jeremy Hazelbaker hit his 17th home run, and stole two bases.

Salem's Yelper Castillo, 23, has a 1.74 ERA in five games since his promotion from Greenville. He went 7 innings Saturday: 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 K ... Michael Almanzar (.316) went 3-for-4.

 

 

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