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The Red Sox have been without their ace Clay Buchholz since the 64th game of the season. At the time, they were 1 1/2 games up in the American League East. Today, Buchholz makes his return and surprisingly the Red Sox have increased their division lead in his absence to 7 1/2 games, with only 17 games to play.
As reported by Ian Browne of MLB.com, the fact that the Red Sox have increased their lead without Buchholz should bode well for them down the stretch.. The rotation of Jon Lester, John Lackey, and Jake Peavy have stepped up the past few weeks. This is perfect for Buchholz, who can concentrate on getting his strength and rhythm back over his final few regular season starts.
"I guess you don't have to put too much pressure on yourself," said
Buchholz. "We've got a little bit of a cushion. But I've been through it
before where that disappears really quickly. Obviously we still want to
come out and win games. That's my goal in my mind, to come back and be
out there and try to help the team win."
Although Buchholz is returning, manager John Farrell does not expect him to pitch like he did before the injury. The key for Farrell is to see what the team can expect out of Buchholz the remainder of the season.
"Our goal going through the remainder of the month will be not only to
stretch him out, but to see if there's a certain dependability we'll get
from him," said manager John Farrell. "We really can't expect that he'd
come back and pitch to the form that led him to have a 1.71 ERA and the
record that he has. But starting on Tuesday, we're hopeful that we get a
guy that's close to what he was prior to the injury, and it would be an
additional lift to this rotation."
Buchholz has played his entire Major League career with the Red Sox. He has a career record of 55-32 with an earned run average of 3.66. He has allowed only 660 hits in 720 2/3 innings, while striking out 552. This season he is undefeated at 9-0 with 81 strikeouts and only 19 walks in 84 1/3 innings pitched.
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