Monday June 21, 2010 | 06:55 AM

Clay Buchholz is 10-4. On Sunday night, when Boston needed him to be especially sharp, he was: 6 2/3, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 K; after he got out of the first-inning jam.

It is a formula for success - solid starting pitching, then handing it over to Daniel Bard (1 1/3 IP, 1 H, 1 K) and Jonathan Papelbon (1 IP, 1 K).

The AL East: Yankees 43-26; Rays 42-27 and Red Sox 43-38 (both 1 back). New York is at Arizona. On Tuesday, Rays are home to San Diego, and Red Sox are in Colorado. Nice Wednesday match-up: John Lackey vs. Ulbado Jimenez (13-1, 1.15 ERA).

Jeremy Hermida is scheduled to come of the disabled list this week. Who goes? Daniel Nava, after going 1-for-2 Sunday with a HBP, is batting .370.

Pawtucket's game was suspended in the sixth inning because of rain. Bubba Bell (.283) was 2-for-2 with his third HR.

Salem's Stolmy Pimentel (3.61 ERA) was solid in a loss: 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 3 K.

Greenville 1B/DH Chris McGuiness (.291) was 4-for-5.

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