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Red Sox prospect Henry Owens tosses no-hitter in season debut for Double A Portland

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Red Sox prospect Henry Owens became the first Portland Sea Dogs pitcher to throw a no-hitter under the team’s affiliation with Boston in a 5-0 win over the Reading Fightin Phils Thursday night.

Owens hurled six innings of a rain-shortened game, recording nine strikeouts. After a pair of first-inning walks, the lefty was perfect the rest of the way.

“It was only six innings so it was kind of a cheap one,” Owens told the Portland Press Herald, “but it feels good. I was ready to get out of Florida and get the season started and get after it again. It was good to set the tone.”

The 21-year-old Owens was a first-round draft pick by the Red Sox in 2011, and had already been part of another no-hitter prior to Thursday, pitching six innings of a combined no-hitter in Salem last season. He was the Red Sox’ minor league pitcher of the year in 2013, splitting his season between Salem and Portland. He was 8-5 with a 2.92 ERA for Salem; 3-1 with a 1.78 ERA for Portland.

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