Originally posted on CLNS Radio  |  Last updated 9/10/13
A lot has changed since Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz threw his last pitch.  At the time, the team had a 38-25 record and was only 1 1/2-game ahead in the American League East, Tuesday night, Buchholz will make his long-awaited return to play against the Tampa Bay Rays after he was shut down with shoulder bursitis on June 8. His return could be a big boost team the Red Sox, who are 87-58, lead the AL East by 7 1/2-game lead in with just 17 regular-season games left. So while the team missed their ace, they certainly did OK without the man who was having an Cy Young Award type of season. In the 12 starts before Buchholz got injured, he  compiled a 9-0 record with a 1.71 ERA, which was the best in the American League at the time. While there was cause for concern among Red Sox faithful, the pitching rotation has held up pretty well. When Buchholz got injured , the starters posted a record of 28-18 record in 63 starts, with a 3.61 ERA. Since his injury, the starters are 31-22 with a 4....
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