Tuesday May 01, 2012 | 09:19 AM

Considering the 4-10 start, the Red Sox will take an 11-11 record in April. Boston is 3.5 games behind first-place Tampa Bay.

Pawtucket played Monday without third baseman Will Middlebrooks in the lineup. Meanwhile, in Boston, third baseman Kevin Youkilis was scratched from the lineup for the second straight game because of a sore back.

Coincidence? Apparently yes. Just as the tweets were heating up, Alex Speier of weei.com (a must-read for any Red Sox follower) tweeted that Monday was a regular day-off for Middlebrooks.

Mauro Gomez was in the Pawtucket lineup and belted his 8th home run, while upping his average to .341 ... Two light hitters bumped up their average with two hits apiece - Che-Hsuan Lin (.214) and Jose Iglesias (.200).

In Portland, Juan Carlos Linares (.362) and Kolbrin Vitek (.268) also had two hits apiece. Vitek hit his first Double-A home run.

Two left-handers in Class A had opposite outings.

Salem's Drake Britton was looking to follow up his last solid outing, but gave up 2 hits, 4 runs and 6 walks in 2 innings, with no strikeouts. The ERA is now 7.85.

Greenville's Henry Owens, 19, still less than a year out of high school, recorded his best start (4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 7 K). The ERA is 7.85, with 36 strikeouts in 18 1/3 innings.

Right-hander Yeiper Castillo piggy-backed Owens and threw five scoreless innings (2 H, 1 BB, 7 K). He has 32 K's in 24 IP.

It is currently raining in Portland and tonight's game is in doubt. But the Sea Dogs have a few promotions that will take place, rain or shine - a college fair from 3-5 p.m., and the appearance of Patrick Chung of the New England Patriots.



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