Tuesday July 26, 2011 | 09:31 AM

Chih-Hsien Chiang went 2-for-4, with his 18th home run for the Sea Dogs Monday night. Chiang leads the Eastern League in RBI (73), slugging percentage (.656) and OPS (1.052). He is tied for first in average (.338) and tied for fourth in home runs (18).

Will Chiang continue among the league leaders, or will he get a promotion to Pawtucket? Chiang, 23, is in his second year in Portland (the longest tenure of any current everyday Sea Dogs player). He is also eligible for the Rule V draft in the off-season.

If the Red Sox are going to promote him, it could be sometime this weekend (Pawtucket returns home Saturday and remains in Rhode Island until Aug. 7).

Speaking of Pawtucket, the Ryan Lavarnway watch continues. He was a quiet 1-for-5 Monday, his average dropping to .366.

Salem lefty Drake Britton is 1-10 with a 7.17 ERA. He went 4 innings Monday: 3 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 5 K. He retired the last 8 batters he faced.

Greenville outfielder Brandon Jacobs (.321) was 2-for-3 ... Right-handed starter Keith Couch (3.09) pitched 6 innings: 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K. Couch, 21, was a 13th-round draft pick in 2010.

Lowell outfielder Seth Schwindenhammer, 20, was a 5th round pick in 2009. The Red Sox are hoping to polish his raw talent. He hit a double and his 7th home run on Monday. In 114 at-bats, he also has 59 strikeouts and is batting .228.

Congratulation to Sea Dogs radio man Mike Antonellis, who is In his seventh year with Portland. Antonellis began broadcasting minor league games in 1997. Tonight will be his 2,000th broadcast.

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