Friday April 02, 2010 | 10:43 AM

The Boston Red Sox released their Double-A roster for Portland this morning. As expected, the top prospects, pitcher Casey Kelly and shortstop Jose Iglesias, are coming to Hadlock Field.

Two mild surprises: Infielder Ryan Khoury was assigned to Pawtucket. Khoury was speaking to me Wednesday about coming back to Portland, but the Red Sox must have figured that, after two seasons in Portland, it was time to push Khoury to Triple-A.

Also, pitcher Blake Maxwell was assigned to advanced Class A Salem. Maxwell, 25, pitched all last season in Portland as both a reliever and spot starter. This figures to be a numbers thing (too many pitchers in Double-A, especially after Andrew Dobies and Tommy Hottovy came down from Triple-A) and Maxwell will likely be back with the Sea Dogs as soon as there is an opening.

Here is the Sea Dogs roster (there are 25 players, but only 24 will be activated at one time)

PITCHERS: Robert Coello, Bryce Cox, Andrew Dobies, Felix Doubront, Stephen Fife, Tommy Hottovy, Casey Kelly, Ryne Lawson, Ryne Miller, Eammon Portice, Jason Rice and Kyle Weiland.

CATCHERS: Juan Apodaca, Luis Exposito, Jon Still*

INFIELDERS: Lars Anderson, Ray Chang, Jose Iglesias, Yamaico Navarro, Nate Spears.

OUTFIELDERS: Chih-Hsien Chiang, Ryan Kalish, Che-Hsuan Lin, Jason Place, Matt Sheely.

*Still is listed as a catcher, but he will mostly play first base, designated hitter and some outfield.

Some of the players you may not have heard of include Rice, a right-handed reliever obtained in the minor league Rule V draft in 2008. Rice, 23, appeared in 41 games with Salem last year (2.44 ERA).

Spears, 24, is a minor league free agent. Played Triple-A for the Cubs last year (.253 average).

More later.

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