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Clay Buchholz pitched seven shutout innings to earn his major league-leading sixth win, Mike Napoli hit two of Boston's five home runs and the Red Sox routed the Toronto Blue Jays 10-1 on Wednesday night.
Stephen Drew hit a two-run shot in the second inning and Napoli went back-to-back with Daniel Nava in the fourth as the Red Sox won their majors-best 19th game and improved to 8-3 away from home, the best road record in the big leagues.
Napoli hit a solo shot into the second deck in center in the fourth and followed up with a three-run shot into the third deck in the seventh. Napoli, who also doubled in the ninth, has six home runs this season and leads the majors with 21 extra-base hits.
Buchholz (6-0) allowed two hits, walked three and struck out eight, improving to 7-0 in his past eight starts at Toronto. The right-hander lowered his ERA to an AL-best 1.01. Only St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Jake Westbrook (0.98) is better.
For Buchholz, it's the best beginning to...
BEST OF MAXIM
Clay Buchholz has been the best starting pitcher in baseball this season, and some think he is cheating to gain an unfair advantage.
After the Red Sox pitcher improved to 6-0 on the season following Boston’s 10-1 win in Toronto on Wednesday night, accusations came from Blue Jays broadcaster Dirk Hayhurst that Buchholz was doctoring the baseball with a substance he kept on his...
While there wasn’t much baseball to talk about in Boston last year, the Boston Red Sox are off to a hot start this year and currently stand in first place atop of the American League East Division. Amongst the many player resurgences and revitalization projects the Red Sox have enjoyed this year, starting pitcher Clay Buchholz should definitely command the most attention...
Clay Buchholz has been beyond impressive through one month of the 2013 baseball season. He’s been absolutely dominant, and as a result, he’s been named the American League Pitcher of the Month for April.
Buchholz was a perfect 5-0 with a 1.19 ERA in five April starts. He had 39 strikeouts in 37 2/3 innings, and he helped guide a lights-out pitching staff that was largely responsible...
The Red Sox have the best record in the Major Leagues on May 1st, a place in the standings that shocks all but the true Fenway Faithful. This hot start could be attributed to the hot start of Mike Napoli, or even the the resurgence the offense got when David Ortiz returned. But in reality Clay Buchholz is leading the way for the Boston Red Sox early this season. Buchholz is one of...
In my mind, Clay Buchholz has been an ace since 2012.
I began working for NESN right around June 1, 2012, and shortly thereafter began regularly live blogging Red Sox games for the duration of the season. So while Buchholz’s numbers on the season — 4.56 ERA, 1.33 WHIP — look pretty middling, in June and July he posted ERAs of 2.40 and 2.45, respectively, and after a 3.72 August...
Via @ESPNStatsInfo comes this fun nugget: Mike Napoli hit two 460+-foot bombs last night and was the first player to do so in eight years. Or maybe they just haven't looked at data beyond 2004. OK, the tweet is pretty vague and I'm not finding any info online.
But look: They even made a nice graph of it!
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After a loss there is 1 person who you want to start the next game, Clay Buchholz. Luckily for the Red Sox that is the situation that unfolded today and Buchholz did not disappoint. Buchholz became the first 6 game winner in the Major Leagues this season after pitching an absolute gem tonight against Toronto going 7 innings allowing only 2 hits. The offense also provided a little...
Dirk Hayhurst opened a huge can of worms on Wednesday when he accused Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz of doctoring the baseball. Two days later, he’s sticking to his guns.
Hayhurst, a former pitcher who now works for Rogers SportsNet in Toronto, insisted, “I’m not wrong,” during a radio appearance Friday. He still seems to think that Buchholz used a foreign substance on his...
ARLINGTON, Texas Mike Napoli spent three fewer years with the Texas Rangers than Josh Hamilton did but his homecoming trip to Texas had a much different feel.
While Hamilton was booed lustily in his return to Texas in Arlington, the fan favorite Napoli was greeted by cheers, a partial standing ovation and even a "Napoli" chant when he returned Friday at first base for...
Blue Jays announcer and World Series MVP Jack Morris is accusing Clay Buchholz of throwing the spitball. Retired journeyman reliever and poor-man's CJ Nitkowski, Dirk Hayhurst echoed Morris' sentiments as well. For evidence Morris cites how Buchholz would touch his left forearm with his pitching hand before every pitch. Surely the only way Buchholz could defeat a then 10...
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One of the main reasons the Boston Red Sox signed Mike Napoli was his ability to hit at Fenway Park and use the Green Monster to his advantage. With the way the first baseman is hitting right now, he doesn’t need a thirty-seven foot wall to help him succeed.
After his two-home run performance on Wednesday night against the Toronto Blue Jays...
This contest was made for Mike Napoli. While he has never been among the league leaders in home runs, and to my knowledge has never been invited, seeing Napoli in the Home Run Derby would be awesome.
When the Red Sox signed Napoli we all expected him to hit his share of dingers, what has surprised me is the man's sheer strength. His second home run was as huge of a blast as...
I offered my explanation for Clay Buchholz‘s success this season yesterday, citing improved fastball command and a recently harnessed but always nasty changeup. Jack Morris, now on the radio call for the Toronto Blue Jays, has other ideas: I found out because the guys on the video camera showed it to me right after the game,” he said. “I didn’t see it during the game. They...
Maybe we should get out the violins and play 'Cry me a river' for Dirk Hayhurst and the Toronto Blue Jays?
As the Toronto Blue Jays were getting schooled by Clay Buchholz yesterday in another great performance, local media personality and major league relief pitcher Dirk Hayhurst was moaning on twitter.
It is pretty obvious why he was doing this. If you are watching the...