Friday July 22, 2011 | 06:12 AM

According to Katrina Waugh of the Roanoke Times, catcher Mark Wagner is coming back to the Portland Sea Dogs, promoted from advanced Class A Salem,

Wagner, 27, was a Red Sox catching prospect in Portland in 2008 and 2009. He spent an injury-filled season last year in Pawtucket. During spring training, Wagner was designated for assignment, When no other teams picked him up, Wagner was left in limbo.

He was batting .264 in 26 games with Salem when he was called up. No word yet on the corresponding move with the Sea Dogs.

Ryan Lavarnway hit a home run in the first inning for Pawtucket, and almost hit another in the ninth to tie the game. But former Sea Dogs outfielder Brandon Moss, now playing for Lehigh Valley, leaped above the left field fence and caught Lavarnway's blast.

Still, Lavarnway went 2-for-5 and is batting .377 with 12 home runs.

Che-Hsuan Lin, Luis Exposito and Jose Iglesias all had two hits for Pawtucket. We take a look at the ex-Sea Dogs in Pawtucket in today's Press Herald.

One player who should be in Pawtucket soon is Portland outfielder Chih-Hsien Chiang (.331). He hit his 17th home run on Thursday, going 2-for-4 ... Will Middlebrooks (.310) also had two hits.

Sea Dogs starter Chris Balcom-Miller had one of his finest outings with the Red Sox organization: 6 2/3 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K.

Salem left-hander Chris Hernandez (2.72) looked fine over 5 IP: 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K.



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