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"I said it from Jump Street, I’m not going to go out there and do something that’s going to cost me the rest of the season. I want to be 100 percent the next time I get on a mound, so that’s what I’m going to do." -- Clay Buchholz the day before the All-Star Game
WEEI: Clay's path proved to be right one
Last night he looked 100% alright.
In what was basically a rehab start for Buchholz, he looked filthy. He went five shutout innings against the Rays in an efficient 74 pitches. If he wasn't on the 75-80 pitch limit, he would've been out there at least until the seventh and the Rays still wouldn't have gotten to him. It would've been his 12th quality start in the 13 games he's pitched this season.
It's only the second time he's gone less than six innings this year.and the other time was due to a rain shortened game (and I counted that as a quality start since it is a complete game shutout for him). The Sox are now 12-1 with him on the mound.
Everyone else in the American League should be panicked, the Sox have their ace back. Their magic number to clinch the division is 10 and given how they're are playing, some celebrating will be going on during the final homestand. October baseball looks more and more likely and the Sox, dare I say... appear to be the favorites heading in?
What a difference a year makes eh?
Rest of the Links: Globe: Buchholz strong in return | Sox 2, Rays 0 | Buchholz a perfect 10-0 | Herald: Buchholz, Sox in good shape | Dominant theme: Buchholz special | Rays not even able to tread water | CSNNE: Sox shut out Rays in Clay's return | Buchholz can make fans forget about long layoff | Buchholz doesn't skip a beat | WEEI: Buchholz, Uehara dominant in win
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Clay Buchholz is back tonight. He of the hot wife and hair that looks like the alien symbiote Spider-Man costume will be returning to the mound for the first time since he ate some bad grapes or whatever the hell put him out of commission back in early June.
Will he be the same? Coming out there and hurling fire and beefing up his 9-0 record? Folks, we’ll be lucky if he remembers...
It’s been a while, but Clay Buchholz picked up right where he left off.
Making his first start since June 8, the right-hander allowed only three hits over five innings of work, while striking out six to earn his 10th win of the season. Buchholz exited the game after reaching his pitch limit, but he expects to be limited only one more time before the Red Sox feel comfortable letting...
Ninety-four days is a long time.
That’s how long the Red Sox waited from the time Clay Buchholz walked off the mound at Fenway Park on June 8 to when he returned to it Tuesday night.
Buchholz’s three-month journey back from shoulder and neck injuries was debated and dissected ad nauseam among media members and everyday fans alike, but most agreed that for Red Sox to make a run...
Since Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz had not thrown a pitch of any importance in 94 days, expectations for Tuesday's return against the Rays were a bit tempered. After shutting down Tampa for five innings, Buchholz appears back.
The Buchholz watch is officially over.
"Longest 94 days of my career? Yeah, probably so," Buchholz said...
Clay Buchholz allowed three hits over five innings in his first start since early June and the AL East-leading Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-0 on Tuesday night.
Buchholz (10-0), sidelined by a strained neck, hadn't pitched in the majors since beating the Los Angeles Angels on June 8. The right-hander, who made three rehab starts in the minors, struck out Jose Molina...
The one positive for Clay Buchholz to take away from his prolonged absence with a neck strain was, at least he stayed undefeated.
Buchholz would surely much rather try his luck on the mound, as he will Tuesday night in St. Petersburg, than watch from afar, as he has for the past 94 days. He will take the mound for the first time since June 8 looking to help the Red Sox extend their...
Clay Buchholz was on the disabled list for a large stretch of the season, but the Boston Red Sox starting pitcher was looking like a Cy Young contender until a shoulder/neck injury derailed him in June. Buchholz started the season 9-0 with a 1.71 ERA, and was one of the finest pitchers in the American […]
Four Red Sox pitchers combined for a 2-0 shutout of the Tampa Bay Rays tonight at the Trop. KKKKKKKKKKKKKKoji Uehara came in for a rare four-out save, but what wasn't rare was his dismantling of the Rays lineup.
Up 2-0 in the 8th, John Farrell hoped to get a clean inning out of Junichi Tazawa, but a two-out double by Yunel Escobar caused him to change his plan. He went to Koji...
Clay Buchholz looked like a solid candidate for this year's AL Cy Young Award until he missed three months with a strained neck.
Last year's winner, David Price, has hardly looked like one at all.
Buchholz will make his return for the Red Sox on Tuesday night as he opposes Price and a Tampa Bay Rays team struggling offensively as it tries to hang on to a wild-card spot...
(Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)Clay Buchholz is back. After three months of absence from The Show, the big right-hander "showed" the world that he has lost nothing of his early season effectiveness, helping the Red Sox beat the Rays, 2-0. Buchholz dazzled Tampa for five innings, giving up no runs on three hits and striking out six. He used all pitches in his arsenal...
Perhaps John Farrell merely was trying to diminish expectations. More likely he really didn’t know what to expect.
Regardless this is what the Red Sox manager said Sunday in anticipation of Clay Buchholz’ return to the mound tonight: “We really can’t expect that he’d come back and pitch to the form that led him to a 1.70 ERA and the record that he has. We’re hopeful...
In what could the biggest series of the season for the Boston Red Sox in order to come closer to clinching the AL East, the team will travel to Tampa Bay to take on the Rays for a crucial three game set. The Boston lead in the AL East is currently seven and a half games entering Tuesday and the Red Sox would wrap up the division possibly by the end of next weekend after their...
The Red Sox are in the home stretch, and all signs are pointing to a deep playoff run for Boston.
Clay Buchholz has made his long-awaited return to the rotation, the Red Sox’ bats are exploding for runs and all the pieces seem to be falling into place for a team that hasn’t reached the postseason since 2009. The road to the World Series, won’t be easy however, as many American...
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With the Red Sox magic number to clinch the division sitting at 12 with 17 games left to play, the team is set to face Tampa tonight looking to drop that number even further.
Clay Buchholz makes his (long awaited) return to the mound tonight against David Price as the series opens up in Florida.
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