Monday May 13, 2013 | 06:13 AM

The Red Sox are 2-8 in the last 10 games. In those 10 games, they have scored 33 runs (19 of them in three games).

The pitching and fielding have not been great, but scoring 2-3 runs a game ...

Boston could use a slugger like Anthony Rizzo, the first baseman they traded to San Diego after the 2010 season (a season he finished with the Portland Sea Dogs).

Easy to say now that the Red Sox should not have let Rizzo go. But the Padres also dealt him, sending him to the Cubs for a reliever (Andrew Cashner).

The Cubs are holding onto Rizzo. They have signed him to a seven-year, $41-million contract that includes two option years that could make the deal worth $73-million. Rizzo, 23, is in his first full major league season (he split the last two years between the majors and Triple-A). He is batting .280 with nine home runs, a .352 on-base percentage and .538 slugging percentage (.890 OPS).

The Sea Dogs won Sunday. Anthony Ranaudo (5-1, 1.38) went six innings: 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 5 K ... Brock Huntzinger (3.18) got his 8th save (1 2/3 IP, 1 H).

Salem third baseman Garin Cecchini (.376) remains hot. He went 2-3 Sunday with his fifth home run.


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