Wednesday September 19, 2012 | 05:04 AM

Used to be that the Red Sox visiting St. Petersburg was enough to bump up the Tampa Bay Rays crowd. But with the Sox not what they used to be, and the Rays fading, only 11,502 came out to watch Boston beat Tampa Bay 7-5.

The Rays are now six games behind in the division and wild card races. Boston was once in "sixth place" among teams with the worst record. But with a few wins, Boston is now tied with Toronto for the ninth-worst record.

Felix Doubront (11-9, 5.08) picked up his first win in nearly a month, with a wild six innings: 1 H, 3 R, 5 BB, 5 K. Doubront has thrown 147 innings, the most in his career (He threw 121 for the Sea Dogs in 2009, and had pitched less the following two seasons because of injuries.

It is a solid season for Doubront, who obviously will want to work on his command, and going deeper into games.

In other Red Sox news, bench coach Tim Bogar will interview for the vacant Houston managing job (a day after the Astros lost their 100th game).

Pawtucket starter Nelson Figueroa allowed three runs in each of the first two innings, and the PawSox lost 10-3 to Reno in the Triple-A one-game championship.

The Sea Dogs released their 2013 schedule. They will begin April 4 with a 6 p.m. game against Trenton (which reached this year's Eastern League championship series, losing to Akron). The Dogs player on Father's Day and the Fourth of July. Individual tickets go on sale Nov. 3. See the Sea Dogs website for the schedule.

Sea Dogs scorekeeper Thom Hinton is sharing his wisdom in an adult education class in Bath, Maine, beginning Oct. 4.

Now for the standings:

AL EAST
Yankees 83-63
Orioles 84-64
Rays 78-70 (6 back)

WILD CARD
A’s 84-63
Orioles 84-64
Angels 81-67 (3 back)
Tigers 78-69 (5.5)
Rays 78-70 (6)

FOR 2013 TOP DRAFT PICK
Astros 48-100
Cubs 58-90
Rockies 58-89
Twins 61-87
Indians 61-87
Marlins 66-83
Mets 66-81
Royals 66-81
Blue Jays 66-79
RED SOX 68-81
Seattle 70-79
Padres 71-77

 

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