Thursday April 26, 2012 | 08:35 AM

New York Yankees left-hander Andy Pettitte pitched five-plus innings for the Trenton Thunder Wednesday night as he continues his comeback to the majors.

If the Yankees keep Pettitte on the normal four days' rest between starts, he will next throw on Monday. New York's Triple-A team in Scranton/Wilkes Barre is off on Monday.

Trenton plays Monday against the Sea Dogs at Hadlock Field, at 6 p.m.

A Pettitte appearance would make quite a home stand for the Sea Dogs, who will also have Daisuke Matsuzaka for at least one start, this Saturday at 1 p.m. The Sea Dogs sold 900 tickets for the game on Wednesday and have about 1,000 remaining.

Nice pitching match-up in Chicago tonight: Boston's Felix Doubront (0-0, 3.94) vs, Philip Humber (1-0, 0.63). Doubront is coming off a four-hit/six-inning performance against the Yankees. Humber had a decent start last time out, as far as perfect games go.

The Red Sox bullpen almost gave it up last night, but held on for a 7-6 win. Lefty Justin Thomas (7.71 ERA and a 2.57 WHIP) may not be around much longer, with lefty Rich Hill looking ready, while on a rehab assignment with Pawtucket

Hill needed only 13 pitches (10 strikes) Wednesday for a perfect inning (2 strikeouts).

Andrew Miller needed 22 pitches (10 strikes) in his one rehab inning. He got away with only one walk, and struck out one batter.

Big story in Pawtucket remains Will Middlebrooks (.377). He went 2-for-5 Wednesday, with his ninth home run.

Were it not for Middlebrooks, we might be talking more about minor league free agent first baseman Mauro Gomez (.347). He also was 2-for-5 Wednesday, hitting his seventh home run.

Sea Dogs scored five in the 9th inning for a 7-3 win. Chris Balcom-Miller, who had two abbreviated starts, looked in trouble again, allowing three runs and four hits over two innings. He survived and pitched three hitless innings .... new reliever Charle Rosario (1.17) pitched two one-hit innings, striking out three.

Salem lefty Drake Britton has been getting rocked, but showed off his enormous potential Wednesday (5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K).

Pitcher Henry Owens, drafted out of high school last year, gave up 2 runs in 3 2/3 innings for Greenville, while striking out 7. Owens, 19, is being pushed in his first pro season and has some interesting stats: a 10.05 ERA, and 29 strikeouts in 14 2/3 innings.

The Sea Dogs are off today and return to Hadlock Field Friday for a 6 p.m. game.

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