Thursday September 13, 2012 | 05:23 AM

Former Sea Dogs continue to lead the Pawtucket Red Sox in the International League championship series. Dan Butler homered and scored both runs as the PawSox beat Charlotte 2-0, to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series.

Che Hsuan Lin doubled in Butler for the other RBI.

Zach Stewart (acquired in the Kevin Youkilis trade) pitched a 4-hitter over 6 innings (1 BB, 4 K) ... Alex Wilson was one of thee relievers in to keep the shutout.

In the other minor league news, Akron beat Trenton 7-5 to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five Eastern League championship series.

Boston lost to the Yankees 5-4. Alfredo Aceves gave up the final two runs to New York, and then showed up Bobby Valentine by walking around the mound to avoid the manager. See Alex Speier's story.

Now for the standings: 

Yankees 80-62
Orioles 80-62
Rays 77-64 (3 back)

A’s 82-60
Orioles or Yankees 80-62
Rays 77-65 (3 back)
Angels 77-66 (3.5)
Tigers 75-67 (5)

Astros 45-98
Cubs 56-87
Rockies 57-85
Twins 59-84
Indians 59-84
Marlins 63-81
RED SOX 64-79
Blue Jays 64-77
Mets 65-78
Royals 65-77
Padres 69-75
Seattle 69-74


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