Wednesday April 11, 2012 | 09:17 AM

When the Boston Red Sox traded Manny Delcarmen to Colorado in August of 2010, they were not just giving up on the home-grown Delcarmen. Boston received a Class A pitcher that they had hoped to get in the draft the year before.

And Chris Balcom-Miller, 23, is developing well. Named the season-opening starter for the Sea Dogs, Balcom-Miller appears to be the ace of the staff so far.

He put in his second straight solid start, get the win in s 7-1 victory over Trenton. Balcom-Miller threw 6 innings: 3 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 3 K. A sinker-ball pitcher, he induced nine ground-outs, 3 of them double-plays.

His ERA is now 1.64.

Delcarmen is now in Triple-A with the Yankees.

Portland outfielder Juan Carlos Linares was squeezed out of the Pawtucket outfielder because of the crowed PawSox roster. Linares belongs in Triple-A. He was 3-for-4 Tuesday with two doubles, upping his average to .435.

In Triple-A, Will Middlebrooks hit his first home run of the season. Middlebrooks ended last year with 16 games in Pawtucket, hitting .161. He appears to have adjusted and is batting .364.

Outfielder Daniel Nava (.417) also homered, as first free agent first baseman Mauro Gomez (.389). Gomez came up through the Rangers system and played the last two years for the Braves organization (.304 with 24 HR in Triple-A last year).

Also of note in Pawtucket is that Lars Anderson (.267) played left field as the Red Sox try to increase his value with versatility ... Catcher Luis Exposito (.333) had two doubles.

Free agent pitcher Ross Ohlendorf pitched six shutout innings for the PawSox (2 H, 1 BB, 3 K).

Reliever Rich Hill, on rehab in Greenville, started and have up back-to-back singles. He then retired the next three batters on a ground-out and two strikeouts.

The Sea Dogs play at 10:30 this morning, before heading back to Portland for Thursday's home opener.

The Red Sox play in Toronto at 12:30 p.m.

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