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Height/Weight: 6-3/190 | Birthdate: 8/14/1984 | Birthplace: Nederland, TX | Bats/Throws: L/R | Team: Boston | College: Angelina Coll. TX (J.C.) | MLB Experience: 9 | Salary: $5,750,000 | Owned/Started%: 79/52 | Average Draft Position: 182.04
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Red Sox SP Clay Buchholz's struggles continue in loss on Monday


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/4/2015) Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz's (1-4) struggles continued Monday, getting roughed up for five runs on nine hits in 6 1/3 innings to take the loss against the Rays.

"Whenever things aren't going good, you don't get breaks," Buchholz said after the game, per MLB.com. "We're scuffling a little bit right now. But we got a lot of good players in here. I'm pretty confident that everybody thinks we're going to bounce back."

Buchholz surrendered two runs in the first inning and two more in the second to put the Red Sox behind 4-0 after 1 1/2 innings. The two second-inning runs came courtesy of a two-run homer from designated hitter Joey Butler, the first of his career.

"I thought the first couple of runs [were] some freak plays," manager John Farrell said. "We challenged the play where Hanley (Ramirez) crashes into the wall. They've changed the rule on an official catch, and if there's no immediate or simultaneous collision with the wall they show a ball in the grass, it's ruled a catch. We had it as four strides before he hit the wall."

After a strong first start of the season, Buchholz has allowed 21 runs over his last 24 1/3 innings (7.77 ERA).

"You try to throw a lot of strikes, not walk guys," Buchholz said. "It seems like whenever you do make a mistake, they capitalize on it. I felt pretty good on all my pitches tonight. I gave up a couple hits that were mislocation, but I gave up a couple hits that were pitches right where I wanted."

Buchholz's next start is scheduled for Sunday in Toronto.


Red Sox's Farrell to Clay Buchholz: Do a better job mixing pitches


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2015) Red Sox manager John Farrell had a chat Saturday with struggling starting pitcher Clay Buchholz, who heads into his start Monday against the Rays with a 0-3 record and 8.00 ERA in his last four starts.

“He called me in there (Saturday) just to talk about where I’m at,” Buchholz said Sunday, per The Boston Herald. “We’ve had more conversations over the last two years than I did in 2013 because everything was going good for me, so there wasn’t a whole lot of guidance I needed.

“Obviously, he’s a good pitching guy, he knows a lot about pitching, but as a manager you can’t have your hand on just one part of the game. Still, whenever I need to talk to him or he needs to talk to me, he’s easy to talk to.”

Farrell told Buchholz to do a better job of mixing his pitches. 

"'If you’re going to do bad, go out there and minimize the damage as well as you can,'" Buchholz said Farrell told him. "'You’re going to have your bad starts, but hopefully the good ones outweigh the bad ones by a big margin.'"

A matchup with Rays could be what Buchholz's needs to get back on track. He is 8-6 with a 2.40 ERA and 1.02 WHIP in 19 career starts against the AL East foe. The Rays are batting just .222 with a .341 slugging percentage against right-handers in 2015.


Red Sox's Larry Lucchino not ready to give up on Clay Buchholz


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2015) Red Sox Opening Day starter Clay Buchholz saw his ERA rise to 5.76 on Tuesday against the Blue Jays after he allowed five runs (four earned) in 2 2/3 innings.

Buchholz has been all over the map with his starts this season, but despite the inconsistency, Red Sox president/CEO Larry Lucchino remains upbeat regarding the right-hander.

“I’m actually optimistic about Buchholz and I am not known for my optimism in general,” Lucchino said, per WEEI.com. “I watched him the other night and I was amazed at the movement on his pitches. He has great stuff. Some would say that he left his pitches over the middle of the plate too often and apparently that was the case because he was hit pretty hard. I think if you just watch his pitches and you see what he can do, you wouldn’t want to give up on a player, a pitcher with that kind of talent, that kind of stuff.

“It does come down to stuff, both pitching stuff and the right stuff in your head and your body. I think he’s shown in the past that he has it and I think it would be terribly wrong to give up on Buchholz.”


Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz drops another decision Tuesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2015) Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz allowed five runs, four earned, on six hits in 2 2/3 innings of work in Boston's 11-8 loss to the Blue Jays Tuesday.

Buchholz was knocked around starting in the third inning, when he allowed the first four batters to reach base safely, leading to two runs. Then after a Jose Bautista sacrifice fly, Edwin Encarnacion smacked a single to left to bring home another run. Michael Saunders finished off Buchholz night with a single to right field to score another run before he was pulled.

Buchholz, now 1-3, ballooned his ERA to 5.76 in 25 innings of work this season. In the first month of the year, Buchholz recorded 33 strikeouts and eight walks in five starts.

He will look to get back on track Monday against the Rays.


Red Sox's Clay Buchholz strikes out 10 in no-decision vs. Rays


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2015) Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz didn't factor into the decision Thursday, allowing just one earned run on two hits and three walks in six innings while striking out 10 in his team's 2-1 loss to the Rays.

Buchholz served up an RBI single in the second inning but was otherwise able to shut down the Rays Thursday. However, a quality start by the opposing pitcher prevented him from picking up what would have been his first win since Opening Day.

Buchholz owns a 4.84 ERA and 29:7 K:BB ratio in 22 1/3 innings but has put together three good outings in his four starts this season. He's scheduled to face the Blue Jays Tuesday.


Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz allows two runs but gets stuck with loss


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/18/2015) Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz (1-2) gave up 11 hits in six innings but only yielded two runs Saturday, suffering the loss to the Orioles.

Buchholz notched seven strikeouts in the loss.

"I went through a rough outing my last time out," Buchholz said. "I was more thinking pitch to pitch, get a ground ball, not give in -- I wasn't going to give in to anybody, regardless of bases being loaded or not. They're going to have to hit a good pitch."

Manager John Farrell said he thought Buchholz pitched with "more conviction" Saturday, and the pitcher did not disagree.

"After the last outing, the last thing I wanted ‘em to do is let them hit the ball around," he said. "I definitely didn't feel like I gave up 11 hits. I won a couple of battles, but balls just ended up falling in. But it didn't affect me like it did in New York."

Buchholz looks to even up his record Thursday in Tampa Bay.


Red Sox's Clay Buchholz apologizes for poor effort vs. Yankees


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) Red Sox starting pitcher Clay Buchholz apologized to coaches and teammates for being unable to keep his composure during a loss Sunday against the Yankees, according to the Boston Herald. Buchholz was tagged for nine runs in 3 1/3 innings.

“There’s no excuse for it,” Buchholz said. “I was pissed off and things were happening really quick, but no, there’s no excuse for that. I told the staff it wouldn’t happen again.”

Buchholz seemed to be particularly apologetic for not backing up the catcher on a bases-loaded double in the first inning and not backing up third base in the fourth inning. Buchholz said he spoke with manager John Farrell about ignorning his defensive responsibilities.

“I’m a lot better player fundamentally than that,” Buchholz said. “I just let the game get to me the way it was going. That’s my responsibility to do the little things in the game regardless of how the game’s going, and I didn’t do it. It won’t happen again.”

Buchholz will be back on the mound Saturday against the Orioles. He was encouraged by his between-starts bullpen session Wednesday, and he feels he has figured out why he struggled against the Yankees.

“I got into a predictable mix where I was throwing fastball first pitch and then going straight to offspeed,” Buchholz said. “If I could go back and do it all over again, I probably would have done a few things differently.”


Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz roughed up in start Sunday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2015) Red Sox starting pitcher Clay Buchholz was roughed up throughout his outing in Sunday's 14-4 blowout loss to the Yankees Sunday, where he was tagged for 10 runs, nine earned.

Buchholz barely got through the first inning, allowing seven runs on four hits, including back-to-back home runs to Chase Headley and Stephen Drew, needing 30 pitches to finish the inning.

"If you don't get frustrated out there after some of the things that were going on tonight then I don't think you're human," Buchholz said to the Boston Herald. "But I don't think I let it affect me with trying to do too much with pitches. I felt good with pretty much everything except for the two mistakes and they were both home runs. If I could've kept it to that we might've won the ballgame. Yeah, it's frustrating when balls find holes or they execute the hit-and-run like they did. Got to hang with them. Like I said, we'll get them tomorrow."

He got through the second and third innings unscathed but ran back into trouble in the fourth, allowing four consecutive singles and a sacrifice fly before he was taken out with just one out.

Buchholz ERA ballooned to 7.84 and will look to get back on track Saturday against the Orioles.


Red Sox P Clay Buchholz strikes out 9 in win over Phillies


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2015) Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz went seven scoreless innings on Monday during his team's 8-0 win over the Phillies. 

Buchholz threw 94 pitches and only gave up three hits. He struck out nine batters and walked one. Buchholz faced 27 batters in the game. Buchholz was able to work his way out of having runners on first and second in both the fourth and seventh innings. 

'This is how I planned it in my head,'' Buchholz said, via the Associated Press. ''Everybody's opinion about the rotation outside the clubhouse is different than what's in here.''

Buchholz's next start is expected for this Saturday against the Yankees. 


Red Sox SP Clay Buchholz confident heading into season opener


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2015) Red Sox starting pitcher Clay Buchholz threw four scoreless innings in his final spring start Wednesday against the Twins. He allowed six hits and one walk, while striking out four.

Buchholz finishes the spring with a 2.84 ERA in five starts.

“It’s night and day for me,” Buchholz said in comparing last spring to this year, per WEEI.com. “I was talking to John (Farrell) after I came out. Right now, whenever I feel like I need to reach back and get a little extra, it’s not in a max-effort level where I’m not staying within the delivery. That just goes to the work that I put in with the delivery this offseason and early this camp, all the bullpens and stuff. I can reach out if I’m under control. Whenever I feel like I spin off or something, I feel it and I feel like I make the adjustment better than I did a year ago.”

Buchholz declared himself ready to go for Monday's season opener against the Phillies. It will be his first Opening Day start.

“I feel confident that I give the team a good chance to win when I go out there,” Buchholz said. “That’s all anybody can ask for in a starting pitcher. If you don’t have your stuff that day, find a way to get through six or seven innings and hand it over to the bullpen.”


Red Sox SP Clay Buchholz named Opening Day starter


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/29/2015) Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz has been named the starter for Opening Day, the Providence Journal reports.

Buchholz gets the call after going 8-11 with a 5.34 ERA and 132:54 K:BB ratio in 170 1/3 innings in 2014. He's the only member of the projected rotation to have spent a full season with the Red Sox, as the team's other four projected starters have made a total of 10 starts in a Red Sox uniform.


Red Sox's Buchholz gives up 12 hits in spring loss Friday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2015) Red Sox starting pitcher Clay Buchholz had his worst start of the spring during a 4-2 loss Friday against the Braves, which was called after 6 1/2 innings due to rain. Buchholz (2-2) allowed four runs on a spring-worst 12 hits and one walk, while striking out six in five-plus innings.

The Braves did most of their damage against Buchholz during a three-run second inning. Kelly Johnson added a solo home run off Buchholz leading off the sixth inning, which chased the right-hander from the game.

His ERA went from 1.80 to 3.60 in his fourth spring start. Buchholz has allowed eight runs (six earned) in his last two starts.

"I didn't really have an easy inning any time out," said Buchholz to MLB.com. "There were runners on base. I had to pitch out of the bases-loaded jam. Getting out of a situation like that, where they've got some pretty good hitters, being able to get out of that and give the team a chance to win, I felt like my stuff was really good, my command of it.


Five no-hit innings for Clay Buchholz


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/22/2015) Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz started a minor league game on Sunday, and showed no mercy on the prospects he faced.

Buchholz will face the Phillies in his first start of the regular season, and with the big club scheduled to face the Phillies on Sunday, the Sox moved Buchholz to the minor league contest.  

Buchholz threw five no-hit innings against the minor leaguers, striking out 10 of the 18 batters he faced, per Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald.


Red Sox SP Clay Buchholz: 'I feel like arm's in good shape'


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2015) Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz struck out six in a shaky Grapefruit League outing Tuesday afternoon against Atlanta. He allowed four runs on five hits over four inning of work. He has a 3.60 ERA this spring.

Buchholz told NESN that his changeup feels better, and that his only issue he had was locating his fastball consistently, per the Boston Globe.

"I feel pretty good actually," Buchholz said. "I trained pretty hard this offseason to come to camp somewhat ready and the training and everything's paying off being here. Been working out, it's been pretty hot the last week or so, getting used to that and sweating a little bit.

"Overall, feel like arm's in good shape. Just gotta continue to work on some little minor adjustments throughout the delivery and hopefully all that comes together before the start of the season."


Red Sox P Clay Buchholz strikes out four in three scoreless innings


(3/7/2015) Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz is making a strong case to be opening day starter, despite manager John Farrell not being ready to name one, according to the Boston Herald.  He was in regular season form, mixing up his fastball and changeup effectively.

"It's just another step,” Buchholz said. “That was my first inning against major-league guys, and the goal was to go out and work on fastball command and then throw my other pitches off that. I threw some more changeups today that were like I want them, and I was able to make some adjustments out there, too."

Buccholz did his part in the team's victory by striking out four in three shutout innings.  

Farrell has yet to make a decision on opening day starter, but he likes what he has seen from Buchholz this spring.

“Very good,” Farrell said. “Four pitches for strikes. Good command. The thing that we focus in on, when he’s able to throw his changeup to right-handers, his release point has got good extension and that was the case today.”

 


Red Sox's Clay Buchholz feeling good about new mechanics


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2015) Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz is feeling good about his new mechanics, according to MLB.com.

Buchholz tossed one inning during the team's exhibition game against Northeastern University, and came away encouraged with his offseason work. When asked about his mechanics, Buchholz said, "They feel natural. I've been working a lot on it. It's basically the only thing I worked on in the offseason and throughout camp. It's pretty much to the point of being second nature." 

Manager John Farrell was impressed as well. "This has been a continuation from the end of last year through his offseason bullpens," he said. "He's been able to execute so far." 

Buchholz, 30, posted a 5.34 ERA over 170 1/3 innings last year. 


Red Sox's Buchholz starting to feel confident again with changeup


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2015) Red Sox starting pitcher Clay Buchholz threw just one changeup during his one-inning outing Tuesday against Northeastern, and he was really happy with how the pitch felt, regardless of the fact it resulted in an inning-ending strikeout.

“That’s my changeup from 2013,” Buchholz said, per The Providence Journal. “That’s what I depended on... I could probably count on one hand all the starts that I threw changeups that were consistent (in 2014). That's the one thing I worked on in the offseason. It's pretty much to the point of being second nature. I don't have to remind myself.

“I wanted to end the day on a changeup. That was a goal going into today. Being the first one that I’ve thrown in a live situation and it being a good one, it gives me a little more confidence going into my next outing.”

Manager John Farrell seems to be pleased with what he is seeing from Buchholz early on in camp.

“When he's staying behind his arm, that pitch stays on the plate -- which was the case and has been the case all throughout camp,” Farrell said.


Clay Buchholz happy with results from working with former JC coach


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/18/2015) Red Sox starting pitcher Clay Buchholz said he benefited from working this offseason with University of Texas pitching coach Skip Johnson, who was Buchholz's coach in junior college.

“Out of the windup, the leg that I kicked with on its way down I would cast my foot out which would make me start to go to the plate a little bit earlier than I needed to,” Buchholz said, per WEEI.com. “When I spun off, with my back almost to the hitter, that’s what causes that. He’s worked with (Clayton) Kershaw a little bit, too. He said Kershaw was doing the same thing at some point. The two keys are being balanced over the rubber when your leg comes up and before you go forward let your leg go down first. Sort of make an L with your front leg so it’s more coming down and then out.

“The first time I did it to right now I feel more on line, my finish is a lot better and I’m not spinning off like I was. … When you’re doing good your not thinking about mechanics. When you’re not, all you’re thinking about are mechanics.

“It was night and day. When I’m not doing that, changeups were up and in to righties like they were all year last year for the majority of the year. What that does is make you stay back, and what I was doing on my changeup was going forward and trying to throw it too hard and trying to manipulate the arm angle to get hitters off balance. But from the first time I did that my misses were down instead of up, and pitching at this level you would rather you miss down.”


Red Sox SP Clay Buchholz feeling good coming into camp


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/16/2015) Red Sox starting pitcher Clay Buchholz said Monday he's feeling good after being able to partake in normal offseason preparation following a disappointing 2014 season, WEEI.com reports.

"I was healthy last year, which was the best thing that came out of it. I didn't pitch to my standards," Buchholz said. "I was glad I was healthy and towards the end of the season I felt like I was getting into midseason form but the season was coming to an end. Now, I had a full offseason this offseason, and I feel good."

Buchholz dealt with a neck and shoulder issue during the 2013 season and had his following offseason altered, with the team holding him from throwing until the beginning of spring training.

"I didn't do much of anything," Buchholz said of his previous offseason. "I ran, but it was probably the least amount of throwing I've ever down in the offseason because I didn't know how my body was going to respond to playing catch. Fortunately last year I didn't have a problem with anything [physically], but I was playing catch up for the first half of the season, and it's hard to do that at this level regardless of who you are and how good your stuff is."

Buchholz is entering the last guaranteed year of the four-year extension he signed in April 2011. He has a $13-million club option for 2016 that carries a buyout of $245,000, as well as a $13.5-million option for 2017 that carries a $500,000 buyout. Buchholz went 8-11 with a 5.34 ERA and 132:54 K:BB ratio in 170 1/3 innings last season.


Red Sox SP Clay Buchholz undergoes knee surgery Tuesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/30/2014) The Red Sox announced Tuesday starting pitcher Clay Buchholz had successful surgery to repair the meniscus in his right knee. The team added he is expected to make a full recovery.

Report: Clay Buchholz will undergo right knee surgery Tuesday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/29/2014) Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz will undergo right knee surgery Tuesday to repair his meniscus, according to the Boston Herald.

Buchholz ended his 2014 campaign on a sour note, coughing up 13 earned runs over his final three starts (17 2/3 innings). He finished the year 8-11 with a 5.34 ERA, a 1.39 WHIP and 132:54 K:BB ratio over 170 1/3 innings.

Although it's too early to tell, the procedure should not put Buchholz's status in danger for the start of spring training.


Clay Buchholz slammed for five runs in loss vs. Rays


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/23/2014) Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz took a loss Tuesday, giving up five earned runs on eight hits and one walk in 7 2/3 innings while striking out six in his team's 6-2 defeat against the Rays.

Buchholz (8-10) cruised through seven scoreless innings before coming unglued in the eighth. He had two men on and two outs before giving up a double and a single to bring home three runs. After a passed ball and a hit batsman, the starter was removed from the game, only to see two of the runners he left on base score. Buchholz owns a 5.31 ERA and 128:53 K:BB ratio in 164 1/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Yankees in the season finale Sunday.


Red Sox shuffle rotation for final week


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/21/2014) WEEI.com reports that Brandon Workman and Rubby De La Rosa have been removed from the Red Sox's rotation for the final week of the season. Clay Buchholz, Anthony Ranaudo and Allen Webster are set to make starts against the Rays, and then Joe Kelly and Buchholz will start the last two games of the team's season-ending series against the Yankees.

Friday's starter in the series opener against the Yankees is still to be named, but Steven Wright is a candidate to get the nod. Wright has posted a 3.38 ERA in five relief appearances this season.


Clay Buchholz struggles Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz had a rough start Wednesday against the Pirates. 

Buchholz allowed five runs, four earned, on six hits over four innings. He struck out three and walked one during the outing. The Pirates put pressure on Buchholz immediately. Gregory Polanco started things off in the first inning by hitting a solo home run. In the second, an error and two doubles plated two runs. After a mound visit, Buchholz would give up a single, scoring the third run of the inning. Neil Walker added another run the following inning, hitting a solo shot. Buchholz would get out of the third and toss a scoreless fourth inning, but left the game at that point.

With the loss, Buchholz dropped to 8-9. He’ll take on the Rays in his next start.


Clay Buchholz fans seven in win over Royals


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/12/2014) Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz posted a quality start and struck out seven in a win over the Royals Thursday night in Kansas City, improving to 8-8 on the year. He allowed three runs -- two earned -- on six hits and three walks over 6 1/3 innings of work.

Over his last three starts covering 21 2/3 innings, Buchholz has allowed five earned runs. He owns a 5.19 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP over 25 starts (152 2/3 innings). He will make his next start Thursday at Pittsburgh.