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11 Clay Buchholz SP
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%: 83/60 | Average Draft Position: 182.03
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Red Sox using six-man rotation to give starters rest


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/27/2015) Without an off-day on Thursday, Red Sox manager John Farrell wanted to give his starters an extra day's rest heading into the weekend. So, the team will call up prospect Eduardo Rodriguez to start Thursday's game against the Rangers, with the rest of the rotation being pushed back a day.

Steven Wright, who was originally scheduled to go on Thursday, will now pitch Friday. He will be followed by Wade Miley and Joe Kelly. Clay Buchholz will open the three-game set with the Twins at home on Monday. 

The Red Sox don't have a scheduled off-day until June 8.


Red Sox's Clay Buchholz drops to 2-6 with loss


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2015) Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz dropped to 2-6 after losing to Minnesota on Tuesday. 

Buchholz allowed two runs on seven hits over 7 1/3 innings, but his offense could only muster one run of support. 

"I felt like I did a pretty good job," he said, per the Boston Herald. "Just seems like we’re running into a lot of guys that are throwing the ball (well) right now."

Buchholz walked one and struck out four in losing his second straight decision. His next start is Sunday, at Texas. 

"Well, a pitcher goes out to do what he can control, and that’s to execute," manager John Farrell said. "That game was moving quick, it had a chance to keep him concentrated in a good rhythm, which he was, but you don’t go out there with the mindset you’re not going to score. You go out and keep the opposition in check and give yourself to get on the board. And he did just that all night."


Red Sox's Clay Buchholz takes fifth loss Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2015) Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz was stuck with a loss on Thursday, allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits and two walks in 7 1/3 innings while striking out four in his team's 3-1 defeat against the Rangers.

Buchholz (2-5) delivered his third straight quality start but continues to be plagued by little run support, as the Red Sox have scored just one run in five of his nine outings. He gave up two runs in the first inning, with one coming on an error, and then surrendered a solo home run in the fourth.

"I've been trying to mix my pitches each time out and each time through the order," Buchholz said after the game, per MLB.com. "It's a little bit easier whenever you have your pitches working. It's the times you go through when you've got one or two pitches working and you have to filter out the other pitches."

Buchholz owns a 4.58 ERA and 58:15 K:BB ratio in 53 innings. He's slated to face the Twins in Minnesota on Tuesday.


Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz dazzles in eight IP but settles for no-decision


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/16/2015) Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz allowed one run on eight hits and fanned 11 Friday but took a no-decision against the Mariners.

The one run Buchholz surrendered came via a solo home run from Seth Smith.

Buchholz threw just 102 pitches and did not walk a batter in the gem.

The 11 K's was a season high for the right hander.

Buchholz's next start is set for Thursday against the Rangers.


Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz (ankle) will start Friday in Seattle


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/15/2015) Red Sox starting pitcher Clay Buchholz, who injured his ankle during his previous start, will take his usual turn in the rotation on Friday in Seattle.

Buchholz hurt the ankle Sunday while covering first base on a play during his win over the Blue Jays.

Buchholz is 2-4 with a 5.73 in seven starts this season.

Could the Astros make a move for Kazmir, Buchholz or Lohse?


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2015) It would be a surprise to most if the Astros become players in the Cole Hamels sweepstakes, considering his annual salary of $24 million is about half of what the Astros' total payrolls sunk to in recent lowly years.

However, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman, Scott Kazmir (a Houston native), Clay Buchholz and Kyle Lohse (ties to general manager Jeff Luhnow) are the three pitchers to watch for in Houston, should they become available.


Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz dealing with sore left ankle


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2015) Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz is dealing with a sore left ankle after his start on Sunday against the Blue Jays, according to the Boston Globe.

Buchholz, who allowed three runs on seven hits with three strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings, suffered a slight ankle injury while covering first base on a play. He does not believe it will effect his upcoming start on Friday against the Mariners.

"He didn't show any favoring of anything through his delivery, so we stayed with him," manager John Farrell said to MLB.com.

Buchholz is 2-4 with a 5.73 ERA in 37 2/3 innings of work.


Red Sox P Clay Buchholz strikes out 3 in win over Blue Jays


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2015) Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz gave up three earned runs in Sunday afternoon's 6-3 win over the Blue Jays.

Buchholz allowed seven hits and three walks while striking out three batters. He went 6 1/3 innings. This was a better outing than his previous start against Toronto, when he only 2 2/3 innings an gave up five runs with four earned. 

"That's how it's supposed to work," the veteran right-hander said of escaping the early jam. "It doesn't always work that way, but when it does, it just gives the team a little bit of a boost."

Buchholz recorded his second win of the season and is now 2-4 with a 5.73 ERA. 

His next start is projected for Friday against the Mariners. 


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.