Coming off a decent season debut, Miller will try again for his first win with the Red Sox when they play the middle game of their weekend series with the Seattle Mariners.
Miller pitched in the second game of a doubleheader against Seattle on Sunday and departed after allowing a pair of runs and three hits over five innings. He did not receive a decision as the Mariners went on to win 6-4.
“I felt pretty comfortable out there,” Miller said. “I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous a little bit last night and today, coming in with some butterflies and stuff. Once I got out there before the first inning in the bullpen, I calmed down and got to where I needed to be and everything felt good from the bullpen on in.”
Miller missed most of 2004 with a right rotator cuff injury and started this season on the disabled list. Sunday’s outing was his first since June 25, 2004.
“He’s going to get stronger,” Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. “He’s going to go deeper in games, and that’s exciting for our ballclub.”
Miller will be opposed by Ryan Franklin for the second straight start. Franklin stopped a four-game losing streak by notching the victory on Sunday, allowing two runs and six hits over six innings.
The 32-year-old right-hander improved to 2-2 with a 4.82 ERA against Boston in five career appearances, including four starts. The Red Sox are batting .296 against Franklin.
Manny Ramirez went 1-for-3 with an RBI for the Red Sox. He is batting .161 (5-for-31) over his last 11 games.
“I just don’t think it’s a subject that I need to be worrying about,” Francona said of Ramirez’s struggles. “I worry more about him staying healthy. If he’s out there, we’re going to be OK. I bet if you ask those other pitchers, they’re not dying to face him.”