Originally posted on Ted's Army  |  Last updated 4/26/13
Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here... highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump. After allowing two runs in 7 2⁄3 innings of last night’s easy-breezy 7-2 victory over the Houston Astros, Buchholz became the majors’ first five-game winner. His ERA is 1.19, lowest for a Red Sox pitcher through five starts since Roger Clemens in 1991. And he leads the league with 372⁄3 innings pitched and ranks second with 39 strikeouts. Then, look deeper. Focus on the early innings last night, when Buchholz realized he lacked command of his signature two-seam fastball, the pitch that sinks and causes hitters to swing over it. So, he simply turned to a four-seam heater and racked up 10 strikeouts, one shy of his season high. In past years, Buchholz isn’t sure he would’ve made that adjustment. “Probably not,” he said. “That was one thing that I worked really hard on was having both fastballs and being able to locate them and pitch off that. It’s a little different not having a two-seam to throw whenever I want. It was tough to get to that point at certain spots, but I was able to find a way to get through a couple innings.” Herald: Clay Buccholz in control I said it from the beginning...this is Clay Buchholz's "do or die" season. For years, we've heard about his amazing potential and promises that he would blossom into an ace. Now, it's happening right in front of our eyes. If Cy Young Awards were handed out at the end of each month, Buchholz would be the runaway winner for April. His "stuff" is one thing, but his command of the strike zone this season is flat-out stellar. It's really incredible to witness how far Buchholz has come along. Clearly, John Farrell has an major influence on not only Buccholz, but the pitching staff as a whole. However, like any pitcher, Buchholz will go through a rough stretch at some point this year; it's only normal. So don't say I didn't warn you. In the meantime, enjoy the ride Sox fans. This kid is finally entertaining to watch. Red Sox fans finally have an ace worthy of circling their calenders for. Rest of the links - Globe: Beginning to believe in Red Sox’ hot start | Globe: Sox rout Houston Astros, 7-2, in series opener at Fenway Park | Herald: David Ortiz back in a big way | Herald: Daniel Bard gets through drama-free | Herald: Ryan Lavarnway on the level | Herald: More expected of Alfredo Aceves | CSNNE.com: Ortiz getting back in the swing, to Sox' delight | CSNNE.com: Buchholz 'efficient' after a rough beginning | CSNNE.com: Back issues sideline Victorino once again
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