Thursday May 24, 2012 | 10:22 AM

Nice production from the bottom four of the Red Sox lineup on Wednesday: Will Middlebrooks, Daniel Nava, Scott Podsednik and Kelly Shoppach combined to go 8-for-13 with 5 RBI. The latter three all hit home runs.

The Sea Dogs swept a doubleheader. Juan Carlos Linares (.311) went a combined 3-for-7 with a home run, double and 3 RBI. Linares, 27, began last year in Triple-A before being injured 17 games into the season. Should he not return to Triple-A, especially since Pawtucket's roster has only three outfielders?

Bryce Brentz also homered in the doubleheader, his fifth. His sizzling May continues: .403 average and four homers.

On the mound Chris Hernandez (3.06 ERA) did not have his best outing, but kept Portland in the game: 5 2/3 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 BB, 4 K ... Reliever Brock Huntzinger got the win: 1 1/3, 2 H, 3 K ... Billy Buckner (3.28) started and won the second game: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 5 K.

Salem's Jackie Bradley had ONLY 1 hit (a double). He also walked to up his on-base percentage to .495. Can he reach .500? ... Another Salem outfielder, Shannon Wilkerson, went 2-for-3 to up his average to .329.

We assume Bradley will reach Portland sometime this year, but Wilkerson, 23, in his second season in Salem, would also be a candidate.

Two pitching prospects go tonight. Stolmy Pimentel (1-0, 2.95) gets his fifth start for the Sea Dogs this season, while Matt Bares (2-0, 1.00) makes his third start for Salem.

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