Thursday July 18, 2013 | 06:14 AM

Henry Owens will turn 21 on Sunday. The Red Sox could offer a gift in the form of a promotion to the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs (which the Hadlock Field fans would love ... see, it would be the gift that keeps on giving).

Don't know if Boston would rush such a young pitcher (although Casey Kelly began the 2010 season at the age of 20). But Owens is proving he can move on.

Want proof? How about Wednesday's no-hitter.

It was actually a combined no-hitter for the Salem Red Sox. Henry pitched six innings: 0 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 10 K ... Relievers Matty Ott (2 IP, 2 K) and Matt Price (1 IP, 1 BB, 2 K) finished it off.

Owens improved to 7-4 with a 2.93 ERA. In 92 innings, he has 107 strikeouts and 47 walks. Yes, he can be wild, but also oh so effective.

In the shadows of the no-hitter was outfielder Henry Ramos' two home runs. Ramos, 21, is batting .278 with 11 home runs for Salem.

The Sea Dogs return to Hadlock Field tonight after a forgettable road trip (1-8). Portland, shutout 4-0 on Wednesday, has scored ONE run in its last 45 innings.

Portland had five hits on Wednesday, two by Peter Hissey (.266), two by Michael Almanzar (.267) and one from Garin Cecchini (.341).

 

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