Wednesday April 27, 2011 | 07:52 AM

Left-hander Andrew Miller walked four batters in each of his first two starts. In his last two starts, he has walked two apiece. Small sample, but if Miller's command improves, he won't be in Triple-A for long.

Miller allowed 1 hit over 5 2/3 IP Tuesday (1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K), lowering his ERA to 1.40. Pawtucket radio man Dan Hoard reported that Miller's fastball reached 97 m.p.h.

Not bad relief for the PawSox: both Scott Atchison (0.61) and Rich Hill (1.35) had scoreless outings ... Josh Reddick (.274) hit his fifth HR; Lars Anderson (.297) had a 2-run single; Juan Carlos Linares (.262) showed signs of breaking out with three hits.

Pawtucket beat Lehigh Valley 7-2. Old friend Brandon Moss (.241) was 0-for-4 for Lehigh Valley.

The Red Sox lost. Clay Buchholz did not pitch that badly, and his effort (6 2/3 IP, 4 ER) may have garnered a win on other nights.

Jason Varitek caught Buchholz, and he will catch Josh Beckett tonight. So who is the No. 1 catcher? Providence Journal's Brian MacPherson points out that Jarrod Saltalamacchia has not caught consecutive games since April 8-9.

The Sea Dogs won 8-2. Michael Lee had his best start so far (6 IP, 2 H, 6 K) ... Oscar Tejeda (3-for-4, HR) is showing signs of life ... Alex Hassan (.414), Tim Federowicz (.345) and Che-Hsuan Lin (.273) all had two hits.

The Orioles got good pitching against Boston Tuesday night. Tonight, Jeremy Guthrie (1-7 lifetime against the Red Sox) gets the start.

At Hadlock, the Sea Dogs have made a change in the rotation, giving Alex Wilson another day off. Brock Huntzinger (1-2) gets the start.

The game begins at 6 p.m, but a line is likely to begin forming before the gates open at 4:30. The first 1,000 fans will receive a Jon Lester bobblehead.


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