Friday August 23, 2013 | 06:14 AM

Red Sox and Dodgers. Mention those two teams in the past year and the first thought concerns THE trade.

On Aug. 25, 2012, Boston traded away Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Josh Beckett, along with utility infielder Nick Punto. It was viewed chiefly as a salary dump, but among the players Boston received were pitching prospects Allen Webster and Rubby De La Rosa, both of whom have pitched for the Red Sox this season.

The trade will be recounted over and over this weekend as the Red Sox visit LA. Boston is 75-54. The Dodgers, after a 30-42 start, have won 45 of 55 games and are 75-52.

Boston caught a small break and will not face two of LA's best pitchers, Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw. They have pitched the past two days. Meanwhile, the Red Sox will throw John Lackey, Jon Lester and Jake Peavy.

Tonight: Lackey (8-10, 3.22) vs. Ricky Nolasco, who is 4-1 (2.98) since being acquired from the Marlins.

Elsewhere, the Yankees are at the Rays.

AL EAST
Red Sox 75-54
Rays 72-53 (1 game back)
Orioles 68-58 (5.5)
Yankees 68-59 (6)

In the minors, Pawtucket beat the Yankees Triple-A affiliate (a rehabbing Derek Jeter was 2-for-3) ... Steven Wright (7-7, 3.76): 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K ... Reliever Chris Martin (3.40): 1 2/3 IP, 1 H, 2 K.

The Sea Dogs beat Trenton 4-2. Starter Henry Owens gave up only two hits, BUT walked seven. In three-plus innings, he allowed 2 runs (1 earned) and struck out 3.

In four Double-A starts (18 innings), Owens has allowed only 10 hits, but has walked 13. He also has nearly two strikeouts per innings (32).

Garin Cecchini (.420 OBP) walked to extend his on-base streak to 31 games ... Portland keeps its playoff chances alive.

EL East Wild Card Race
Trenton 67-63
New Hampshire 64-65 (2.5 games back)
Portland 63-67 (4)
New Britain 60-71 (7.5)

Salem romped with catcher Blake Swihart (.285) going 2-for-4 and second baseman Mookie Betts (.311) 4-for-5.

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