Tuesday July 31, 2012 | 06:56 AM

In Today's Column, we look at today's trading deadline.

We mentioned outfielder Ryan Sweeney, who looks headed to the disabled list instead of another team, after hurting a finger after punching a door in the dugout.

Then there is catcher Kelly Shoppach. Texas was thought to want him as a back-up. Then the Rangers traded for Geovany Soto from the Cubs on Monday night.

Then there is Josh Beckett, a name which brings the most attention. It is also very unlikely that Beckett is going anywhere. ESPN's Gordon Edes has that story.

Beckett (5-9, 4.57 ERA) has a chance to give his team a needed boost of confidence when he faces the Tigers and ace Justin Verlander (11-6, 2.60). The Red Sox are going for a fourth straight win.

In one trade Monday, the Toronto Blue Jays sent outfielder Travis Snider to the Pirates for relief pitcher Brad Lincoln.

Snider, 24, a first-round draft choice, played for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats in 2008 and, unexpectedly, in 2010. Snider made his major league debut in 2008, batting .301. But he never matched those numbers, hitting .247 in the majors over five seasons.

Nice story in the Lowell Sun about former Lowell Spinners who did not reach the major leagues (which is 88 percent of them), including former Sea Dogs pitcher Bobby Rodgers.

Now for a look at the standings: 

Yankees 60-42
Orioles 54-49 (6.5 back)
Rays 53-50 (7.5)
Red Sox 52-51 (8.5)
Blue Jays 51-51 (9)

A’s 56-46
Angels 56-47
Tigers 54-49 (2 back)
Orioles 54-49 (2)
Rays 53-50 (3)
Red Sox 52-51 (4)
Blue Jays 51-51 (4.5)
Indians 50-52 (5.5)

The Sea Dogs are back in town tonight at 7.


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