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Game will be made up during Sunday day-night doubleheader

BOSTON (AP) -- Wade Miller isn't looking at his first start with Boston as a tuneup for longer outings later in the season. He expects to give the Red Sox a quality start right away.

Miller, who has been out with a rotator cuff injury since last June, will make his debut for the Red Sox on Sunday in the second game of a day-night doubleheader against Seattle.

"I want to throw 100 pitches my first time out," Miller said after Saturday's game was postponed because of rain. "I don't want to throw 75 pitches and have the bullpen come bail me out."

The Red Sox will start Jeremi Gonzalez (0-0) against Joel Pineiro (2-2) in the first game, which begins at noon. The Mariners are scheduled to start Ryan Franklin (1-4) in the second game, which begins at 5 p.m.

Miller, limited to 15 starts last season with Houston before going on the disabled list June 26 with a right shoulder strain, was non-tendered by the Astros during the offseason and signed as a free agent with Boston.

In the second of two rehabilitation starts with Triple-A Pawtucket last Tuesday, Miller threw 95 pitches and allowed four runs and five hits. His fastball topped out at 96 mph. Red Sox pitching coach Dave Wallace worked on Miller's delivery to put less pressure on the shoulder.

"Just a little tinkering here and there that will stop me from having the ball come across my body," Miller said. "I don't think I'll be throwing as hard as I was when I was 100 percent a few years ago."

His return comes at an important time for Boston's depleted rotation, with starters David Wells and Curt Schilling both out with injuries.

Miller understands why the Astros decided not to bring him back but acknowledged that he has some added incentive this year.

"A part of me wants to show I can have a good season and show I wasn't done," the 28-year-old right-hander said.

Miller, entering his fifth season, has a career record of 58-37. He was 16-8 in 2001, 15-4 in 2002, 14-13 in 2003 and 7-7 last year.