Tuesday April 17, 2012 | 12:51 AM

Some solid pitching performances Monday.

Andrew Miller went back to being Dr. Jekyll for Pawtucket, after losing the strike zone on Sunday. He needed only 15 pitches (12 strikes) to retire three batters, all by strikeout.

Junichi Tazawa followed Miller and pitched a one-hit inning. Taz has a 0.00 ERA in 7 IP so far, allowing 5 H, 2 BB, with 9 K.

Tony Thomas, the infielder acquired last year in the Robert Coello deal, was activated Sunday, and had two home runs on Monday.

In Portland, Chris Martin may just be keeping a place in the starting rotation warm for Anthony Ranaudo, but he is looking better and better. Martin retired the first 11 batters and lasted six innings (3 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 4 K).

Kolbrin Vitek and Ronald Bermudez both went 3-for-5 (some online boxscores have Bermudez going 2-for-5, but there was a scoring change).

The Sea Dogs still lost 10-5 in 11 innings. See the story.

Like Miller, Rich Hill is on a rehab assignment. He pitched one inning for Salem (1 BB, 2 K).

Keith Couch followed Hill and went 6 IP (4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K). His ERA dropped to 3.38 and he has 19 K's in 16 IP.

Lot of goings-on at Fenway on Monday, a lot of it involving Bobby Valentine and Kevin Youkilis. I weigh in with an On Baseball column.

Good pitcher's duel on Monday. Could be another one tonight with Jon Lester (0-1, 2.40) vs. Texas' Colby Lewis (1-0, 1.42).

Brock Huntzinger pitches for the Sea Dogs tonight at 6 p.m. at Hadlock.



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