Monday May 07, 2012 | 09:40 AM

The big story from the Orioles' 17-inning 9-6 win over Boston Sunday was the fact that two designated hitters were pitching at the end.

But, lest we forget the outing of starter Clay Buchholz, who has the most misleading record (3-1) in baseball?

According to Danny Knobler of cbssports.com, Buchholz is the first pitcher in 94 years to allow five or more runs in his first six starts.

Because of Buchholz (and Aaron Cook and Jon Lester before him) and the extra-inning games of late, the bullpen needs some R & R. Look for reliever Mark Melancon to be recalled from Pawtucket.

But that is only a Band-aid. Boston needs its starters to go deeper in games. The problem tonight is that the scheduled starter is Felix Doubront, who has been good for only 5 or 6 innings a start.

Daisuke Matsuzaka is scheduled to make a rehab start in Pawtucket tonight. He is said to be a couple starts away from joining the Red Sox ... whoever thought that Dice-K's return would be so welcomed?

Pawtucket won Sunday. Jose Iglesias (.253) is on a roll, going 2-for-3 ... Lars Anderson (.274) went 3-for-5 with 2 doubles.

Portland got a thorough pitching performance Sunday in a 3-1 win at New Britain. Starter Billy Buckner (6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 8 K) was followed by Aaron Kurcz (2 IP, 1 BB, 3 K) and Charle Rosario (1 IP, 2 H).

Drake Britton rebounded from his last horrendous start for Salem, going 5 innings - 3 H, 4 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 8 K ... three errors and two singles combined for the four runs.

Another left-handed prospect, Henry Owens, had his longest outing and his second straight shutout - 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 3 K.

The Sea Dogs return to Hadlock Field today at 6 p.m., vs. the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Check back here, as well as on twitter: ClearTheBases

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