Tuesday June 01, 2010 | 05:38 AM

Welcome to June. This is a "swoon" month for many teams. For the Boston Red Sox, they need to use it as a launching pad into serious contention. After 52 games, Boston is 29-23. That record is in the ballpark of previous years, but still a bit behind.

Here is a look at the previous seven Red Sox teams after 52 games:

2009: 30-22 (finished 95-67, wild card team, lost in the ALDS).

2008: 31-21 (95-67, wild card, lost in ALCS)

2007: 36-16 (96-66, division champ, won World Series)

2006: 32-20 (86-76, missed playoffs)

2005: 28-24 (95-67, wild card, lost in ALDS)

2004: 31-21 (98-64, wild card, won World Series)

2003: 31-21 (95-67, wild card, lost in ALCS)

So far, Boston is in fourth place in the AL East, behind the Rays (34-18), Yankees (31-20) and Blue Jays (31-22).

John Lackey (4-3, 4.84) goes for the Sox tonight against the A's.

In Pawtucket on Monday, starter Michael Bowden (5.10 ERA) had a fine outing of six shutout innings (4 H, 1 BB, 7 K). Daniel Barbarisi of the Providence Journal writes about Bowden going back to his old wind-up.

Salem has been good starts lately, including Alex Wilson on Monday (6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 5 K).

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