2:10 p.m.: John Farrell chatted with the media before Wednesday’s game, and the duration of the conversation centered on right-hander Clay Buchholz, who hasn’t pitched since June 8 because of discomfort in his trapezius muscle.
Farrell said that Buchholz threw soft toss off flat ground on Wednesday, and he apparently did so as intensely as he did on Tuesday. The right-hander’s status still remains up in the air at this point, though.
According to Farrell, Buchholz still felt some restriction in the same area after throwing off a mound. The righty threw 15-18 pitches with “decent intensity” on Wednesday before feeling the discomfort.
Buchholz is set to undergo an MRI later on Wednesday, and no time frame has been set for his return.
8 a.m. ET: The Red Sox are hosting the Rockies, but Fenway Park looked a lot like Coors Field on Tuesday.
The Red Sox’ offense banged out 20 hits while coasting to an 11-4 victory. Dustin Pedroia led the way with four RBIs, and six Red Sox hitters reached base at least three times in what was an all-around fantastic effort by Boston.
Ryan Dempster picked up the win on Tuesday. On Wednesday, it’ll be John Lackey who looks to keep the ball rolling. Lackey has pitched very well of late, and he’ll go up against another accomplished veteran in Roy Oswalt.
Lackey, who has six quality starts in his last seven outings, has a 4-5 record and 3.03 ERA through 12 starts this season. He didn’t factor into the decision during his last time out on Thursday, but he pitched well, allowing just two earned runs over seven innings against a potent Tigers offense.
The Red Sox and Rockies will begin their battle at 4:05 p.m. ET. Be sure to tune in on NESN, and keep it right here with NESN.com’s live blog.