Saturday July 10, 2010 | 06:51 AM

When Seattle traded Cliff Lee Friday, the relief for Red Sox fans was that Lee went to the Rangers, and not the Yankees. Lee, however, was supposed to pitch for Seattle Friday against New York.

Instead, former Sea Dogs right-hander David Pauley got the start for the Mariners. Pauley, who had three scoreless relief appearances for Seattle, did fine in the spot start - 5 IP, 2 H, 3 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 1 K - although the Yankees won 6-1 for their seventh straight victory.

AL East: NYY 55-31; Tampa Bay 52-34 (3 back), Boston 50-36 (5).

The Sox are hoping to get reliever Manny Delcarmen back from the DL after the All-Star break. Another option continues to be Michael Bowden. He pitched a 1-2-3 inning in relief for Pawtucket. Bowden has allowed 4 earned runs in his last 29 innings.

Also for Pawtucket, Aaron Bates (.225) hit his 8th home run, and Jorge Jimenez (.224) hit his second homer ... Catcher Mark Wagner caught his second game for Pawtucket, since coming off the DL, going 0-for-4.

Pawtucket's other injured catcher, Dusty Brown, is in the Gulf Coast League for a brief rehab for his sprained thumb. He went 1-for-2 Friday.

Also rehabbing in the GCL is pitcher Seth Garrison, who pitched two scoreless innings (5 K). Garrison, 24, had a 3.90 ERA in Salem last year and was expected to push for a job in Portland. But he never made it out of spring training.

Stephen Fife (3.83 ERA) did go from Salem last year to Portland. He's now an All-Star and looked it on Friday - 6 IP, 2 H, 2 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 5 K ... Nate Spears (.266) hit a grand slam ... Anthony Rizzo (.252) had two hits ... Bryce Cox (3.38) got his 11th save.

The Salem catchers, Tim Federowicz and Tim Lavarnway, usually both play every day with one as the DH. Federowicz (.263) had three hits on Friday, Lavarnway (.293) had two.

Greenville first baseman Chris McGuiness, a 13th-round draft pick from the Citadel last year, is batting .317 after going 3-for-3, with his 11th home run.

Infielder Kolbrin Vitek, the 2010 first-round draft pick is batting .279 in Lowell, after a 4-for-5 night, with three doubles.


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