Tuesday June 25, 2013 | 06:55 AM

The Red Sox are back at Fenway Park tonight, playing the Colorado Rockies. Boston's Ryan Dempster (4-8, 4.23) goes against Juan Nicasio (4-3, 4.71). Nicasio has never pitched more than six innings so it will be interesting to see how far he goes against a Red Sox team that habitually drives up pitch counts.

The Blue Jays finally lost (to the Rays) and Cleveland beat Baltimore.

The AL East: 

Red Sox 45-33
Yankees 41-34 (2.5 games back)
Orioles 42-35 (2.5)
Rays 40-37 (4.5)
Jays 38-37 (5.5)

Clayton Mortensen started for Pawtucket Monday to get in his one inning of rehab work: 1 H, 1 K ... Chris Hernandez followed and was wild (2 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 5 BB, 1 K) ... Brock Huntzinger (0.00) put in his fourth scoreless outing (1 1/3 IP, 1 BB, 1 K) since leaving Portland ... Alex Hassan (.370) continues his hot streak, going 2-for-5 ... Xander Bogaerts (.209) was 1-for-4 with a walk.

The Sea Dogs lost 3-0. What was impressive about Anthony Ranaudo was not his stuff, but his ability to pitch without his best command ... In today's story we look at where Ranaudo is after 14 games (7-2, 2.28) with the Sea Dogs, and where a former Portland pitcher, named Papelbon, was after 14 games in Double-A in 2005 (5-2, 2.48). Other numbers are similar and, by the way, Papelbon never made a 15th start for the Sea Dogs.

Garin Cecchini made his Hadlock Field debut Monday. He made some solid plays at third base and also went 2-for-4.

Salem shortstop Deven Marrerro (.269) went 2-for-4 and is now 9-for-17 in his last four games.

We will check back later on twitter: @ClearTheBases

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