Monday April 09, 2012 | 06:19 AM

The Red Sox are 0-3. The Portland Sea Dogs 0-4.

Suppose you could use a little good news (although nothing may take the sting out of Sunday's Red Sox loss with Clay Buchholz delivering a terrible start, followed by two blown saves in the 9th & 11th innings).

In the early part of the Triple-A season, Pawtucket has receiving some solid pitching. Aaron Cook allowed 1 unearned run over 7 innings (5 H, 2 BB, 4 K).

Alex Wilson struck out 7 over 5 innings (3 H, 1 R, 1 BB).

And the future looks good, based on early results in low Class A Greenville.

On Sunday, first-round draft pick Matt Barnes pitched five shutout innings (2 H, 2 BB, 9 K).

Earlier, another high draft pick, Henry Owens looked impressive for a while, in his first pro apprearance. Henry, who graduated high school last spring, was dominant over three innings. He allowed no hits and 2 walks, while striking out 7 (6 in a row).

Owens was touched for 5 straight hits in his fourth inning of work, so his line did not look good. But he certainly showed promise.

Speaking of promise. The Red Sox bring out Felix Doubront for his 2012 debut today, in Toronto. The Sea Dogs will rely on veteran right-hander Billy Buckner to stop their skid, in Trenton.


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