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Posted: Aug 12, 2014

Yankees getting closer (to the Red Sox); Sea Dogs back in town; Hernandez, Betts, Brentz, Travis and more

Clearing the Bases

The New York Yankees were moderate buyers around the trade deadline, and they were big spenders in the previous off-season (signing Ellsbury, Tanaka, McCann and Beltran).

Yet the Yankees (61-57) are slipping, almost closer to the last-place Red Sox (52-65) than the first-place Orioles (68-50).

After the Yankees’ 11-3 loss in Baltimore on Monday, George King of the New York Post said there is little reason to believe New York has a chance in the AL East.

Of course, Boston already knew it has no chance. New acquisition Joe Kelly goes tonight for the Red Sox in Cincinnati.

The Sea Dogs are back in Portland tonight, trying to hold onto first place in their division.

Pawtucket played Monday and, mostly, it was a night of successes. Unheralded Chris Hernandez (3.95 ERA) continues to put in good outings as a starter and reliever. He went five innings Monday: 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K. As a starter, Hernandez has a 3.28 ERA … Another lefty, reliever Drake Britton, has struggled most of the year. He allowed five runs over two-thirds of an inning Monday, bumping his ERA up to 6.75.

Mookie Betts (.333) went 3-for-5, including two doubles. He has a .936 OPS … Travis Shaw (.271) and Blake Swihart (.280)  were both 2-for-6 … Derrik Gibson (.324) was 3-for-5 … Garin Cecchini (.246) was 3-for-6 … Bryce Brentz went 2-for-5. Since coming off the DL, Brentz is 10-for-32 (.312) with two home runs and eight RBI in seven games.

After second-round draft pick Sam Travis batted .333 with four home runs in 40 games for Lowell, he was promoted to Class A Greenville. He hit his first home run for the Drive on Monday and is batting .361 in nine games.

Former Sea Dogs pitcher Caleb Clay has reached the majors, called up by the Los Angeles Angels.

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