Game times and Pitchers for 5/7/12

7 May

New Hampshire make their first trip of the season to their nearest neighbor as they hit up Hadlock Field for a three game series. Old friend Randy Boone returns to Fisher Cats and will throw his first start for them since 2010. He spent the better parts of 2009 and 2010 in Manchester and started 45 games for the Fisher Cats, compiling a 14-18 record. Portland counters with Chris Balcom-Miller who will be making his seventh start of the season.

The rehab train rolls into McCoy Stadium tonight as Daisuke Matsuzaka makes his third start since returning from Tommy John surgery. He threw 74 pitches in his last outing with Portland a week ago, and it is expected that he will jump up to 85-90 pitches tonight should all go well. He may still get one more rehab start before being called up to Boston, but it looks as if he is on track to return to the big club almost one year to the day (May 17th) that he was placed on the disabled list a year ago.

Andrew Albers will start for New Britain tonight in Binghamton. The Rock Cats lefty brings a sensational 27/1 strikeout-to-walk ratio to the mound in his sixth start of the year.

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Randy Boone NR)
vs. Portland Sea Dogs (Chris Balcom-Miller 1-2, 6.20) @ 6:00 p.m.

Rochester Red Wings (Daryl Thompson 1-, 3.60)
vs. Pawtucket Red Sox (Daisuke Matsuzaka NR) @ 6:15 p.m.

New Britain Rock Cats (Andrew Albers 1-0, 4.35)
vs. Binghamton Mets (Mark Cahoon 2-3, 2.48) @ 6:35 p.m.

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