Thursday July 12, 2012 | 05:57 AM

The Portland Sea Dogs are home for eight games over the next seven days, starting tonight at 7 p.m. (Tonight's game features one of the Sea Dogs' more popular promotions with the Zooperstars comedic characters performing between innings).

The home stand will also feature right-handed pitcher Chris Carpenter, possibly during Friday's doubleheader. The Red Sox and Sea Dogs have not said anything about Carpenter, but Carpenter posted on twitter that he is headed to Portland.

Carpenter, 26, is one of two players the Red Sox received from the Cubs in the Theo Epstein compensation deal. Carpenter, who made his major league debut last year, pitching 10 games for the Cubs, began this season on the disabled list, undergoing surgery to remove a bone spur in his right elbow.

The other pitcher received in the Epstein deal, Aaron Kurcz of the Sea Dogs, put in a fine Eastern League All-Star Game appearance on Wednesday, retiring all five batters he faced, two by strikeout ... Right fielder Bryce Brentz went 0-for-4.

Salem got a thrill Wednesday when Miguel Celestino carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning, but then gave up a pair of two-out singles. That is all he allowed through 8 innings. Celestino, 22, is now 6-5 with a 4.15 ERA. Strangely, he had given up 22 earned runs in his previous four outings.

Celestino came to the Red Sox along with Bill Hall from the Mariners in the 2010 Casey Kotchman trade. In his sixth year, Celestino would be eligible for the major league Rule V draft after the season if he is not put on the 40-man roster. Someone might take a chance on Celestino and his live arm.

Henry Owens, 19, did not get his 10th win, but did allow four hits and no earned runs over five innings, striking out five and walking one. Owens (9-2, 4.721) got a no-decision. In his first year of pro ball, Owens has 97 strikeouts and 29 walks over 68 2/3 innings.




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