Monday August 20, 2012 | 05:49 AM

Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington and outfielder Carl Crawford are reportedly getting together today to talk about Crawford's need to undergo Tommy John surgery sooner rather than later.

Having Crawford undergo surgery now is a sign of the Red Sox giving up on this year.

But after Sunday's 4-1 loss to the Yankees, is there much hope anyway?

Here are the standings: 

Yankees 72-49
Rays 67-54 (5 back)
Orioles 66-55 (6)
Red Sox 59-63 (13.5)
Blue Jays 56-65 (16)

Rays 67-54
Orioles 66-55
A’s 65-55 (0.5 back)
Tigers 64-57 (2 back)
Angels 62-60 (4.5)
Red Sox 59-63 (7.5)
Mariners 58-64 (8.5)
Blue Jays 56-65 (10)
Royals 54-66 (11.5)
Indians 54-67 (12)
Twins 50-70 (15.5)

When the Mariners are on your heels, it is time to send Crawford to the surgeon.

In Pawtucket, shortstop Jose Iglesias (.269) went 3-for-3 and is batting .348 in August. But Providence Journal's Brian MacPherson reported that Iglesias appeared to hurt his ankle while sliding into home and was limping during the game.

Former Sea Dogs starter Bill Buckner (4.26) pitched for the PawSox: 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 3 K ... reliever Pedro Beato, acquired from the Mets in the Kelly Shoppach deal, went 2 IP: 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K.

Xander Bogaerts continues to impress with the Portland Sea Dogs. See TODAY'S STORY.


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