Wednesday August 04, 2010 | 12:34 AM

The Red Sox are now chasing the New York Yankees ... for the Wild Card spot.

With Tampa Bay (67-39) winning and New York (66-40) losing, the Yankees now trail the Rays by one game in the AL East. Boston trails the Yankees by 5.5 games.

Boston lost a player (Kevin Youkilis) to a thumb injury that may cost him the rest of the season. But the Red Sox have a hungry Mike Lowell jumping in ... and, according to and other reports out of Boston, Jacoby Ellsbury will be activated later today.

Lowell's home run and the benches emptying almost distracted from Josh Beckett's performance (8 IP, 3 hits) on Tuesday.

Ryan Kalish, who started the season in Portland, went 2-for-3 for Boston, and is batting .538.

Another hot Dog is first baseman Anthony Rizzo, who went 4-for-5 for Portland on Tuesday, including three doubles that was good for three RBI.

The Sea Dogs are home again tonight, and it's Hanley Ramirez Bobblehead Night.


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