Saturday April 28, 2012 | 08:24 AM

Small sample, but Felix Doubront and Daniela Bard feature the best ERA's among Red Sox starters.

Here's a look at the five:

Pitcher, ERA, strikeouts/walks, opponents avg., WHIP

Daniel Bard, 3.72, 19/10, .240, 1.45

Felix Doubront, 4.09, 22/10, .256, 1.45

Josh Beckett, 4.56, 16/6, .238, 1.17

Jon Lester, 6.00, 16/13, .264, 1.50

Clay Buchholz, 8.87, 11/10, .340, 1.93

By the way, reliever Junichi Tazawa has a 0.00 ERA in 3 games (6 IP), with 0 walks, 4 strikeouts, a .143 opponents' batting average, and a 0.50 WHIP.

Andrew Miller gave up a walk and a two-run homer, while striking out three in one inning in Pawtucket. (25 pitches/14 strikes)

Mark Melancon (20/12) gave up a hit in one inning, striking out two.

Ryan Lavarnway (.286) went 2-for-4.

In Portland, Stolmy Pimentel made his first Double-A start of the season and looked better than his numbers (5 IP, 7 H, 3 R [2 ER] 0 BB, 7 K). See today's story. Brock Huntzinger made his first relief appearance (1 BB in 2 IP).

Salem outfielder Shannon Wilkerson has hit in the mid-200's the past three years. In 17 games this year, he's at .361 after going 2-for-4 on Friday.

Catcher Christian Vazquez (.305) hit his first HR in Salem ... starter Brandon Workman went 6 IP (3 H, 4 K), lowering his ERA to 3.48.

Greenville left-hander Miguel Pena (2.33) pitched 4 2/3 innings (2 H, 1 BB, 6 K).



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