8 a.m. ET: Few Red Sox players have had better springs than Clay Buchholz, and the wiry right-hander will get his latest chance to continue his effective spring Saturday.
Buchholz takes the mound on Saturday afternoon at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers against the Pittsburgh Pirates as the spring schedule continues to wind down. The club has about a week of spring training games left, so this will be one of the final tune-ups for Buchholz before the regular season gets under way.
He’s been fantastic this spring. He enters Saturday’s tilt with the Buccos with a 2-0 record and a 0.68 ERA. The right-hander has made four appearances this spring and has thrown 13 1/3 innings. In those innings, he’s allowed just one earned run on seven hits and has 11 strikeouts. Opposing batters have hit just .152 against Buchholz.
Buchholz is scheduled to be followed by Junichi Tazawa, Daniel Bard and Anthony Carter.
Pittsburgh comes into this one with an 11-14 record. New Hampshire native Jeff Locke is expected to get the start for the Pirates. He’s 2-1 with a 3.12 ERA this spring.
First pitch (on NESN) is slated for 1:35 p.m.