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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: 8 | Salary: $5,750,000 | Owned/Started%: 52/31 | Average Draft Position: 174.66
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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.

Clay Buchholz looking good for his upcoming matchups


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/10/2014) Though Clay Buchholz has been on a nice run for the Red Sox lately, owners in CBSSports.com leagues haven't shown an interest in picking him up. Ever since a late July/early August slump, Buchholz's ownership rate has hovered in the 44-to-48 percent range.

Over his last six starts, Buchholz has a 3.22 ERA, and as I detailed in a recent blog post, he has been showing a similar skill set to the one he displayed during a highly effective (though injury-plagued) 2013 season. At minimum, it's time for owners in deeper mixed leagues to pick up and start Buchholz, especially since his next two starts come on the road. Away from Fenway Park, Buchholz has limited hitters to a .238/.305/.353 slash line, and bear in mind, that includes the first two months of the season, when he struggled mightily.

Neither the Royals nor the Pirates have been easy matchups in recent weeks, but Buchholz has been good enough at avoiding hard contact and walks to be able to survive those upcoming outings. He's worth a shot in most daily leagues, and in weekly leagues, the only reason not to start him (especially in standard and shallow mixed formats) is if you need to make room for a good two-start pitcher.


Clay Buchholz wins one Saturday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/6/2014) Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz turned in a strong start Saturday against the Blue Jays.

Buchholz allowed two runs on four hits over 6 1/3 innings. He struck out five and walked two during the outing. Buchholz gave up one run in the first inning. After getting two quick outs, Buchholz allowed a single, walk and run-scoring double against the next three hitters. He was able to induce a strikeout to get out of the inning. He settled in at that point, tossing five scoreless innings. He got himself in trouble again in the seventh inning. Buchholz put one batter on after a hit by pitch and was lifted from the game. The next batter hit a two-run homer. One of those runs was charged to Buchholz.

With the win, Buchholz improved to 7-8. He’ll take on the Royals in his next start.


Clay Buchholz tosses CG shutout to end winless streak


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/31/2014) Red Sox starting pitcher Clay Buchholz ended his winless streak at seven starts Sunday by throwing a three-hit complete game shutout at Tampa Bay. The right-hander didn't issue a walk and struck out six in a 3-0 win.

Only one runner reached second base during his second shutout this season and sixth of his career. Buchholz gave up a single leading off the bottom of the first inning to Kevin Kiermaier, a double to Matt Joyce with two outs in the fourth and a single to Jose Molina leading off the sixth. He retired the final 12 batters he faced.

Buchholz (6-8) won for the first time since July 18 against the Royals. His other shutout this season came July 13 against the Astros. He also allowed three hits against Houston, but he had 12 strikeouts that day.

The right-hander is expected to make his next start Friday vs. Toronto. He is 2-5 with a 7.20 ERA in 11 home starts and 1-3 with a 6.10 ERA in five starts against Toronto this season.


Clay Buchholz loses it in the ninth


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/25/2014) Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz couldn’t make it through the ninth inning Monday.

Buchholz allowed three runs on four hits over 8 1/3 innings. He struck out four and walked two during the outing. Buchholz was fantastic over the first eight innings of the start. Through eight innings, Buchholz allowed just two hits and one walk. He was brought out to start the ninth, and couldn’t make it through the inning. With one out, Buchholz allowed two singles and a walk to load the bases. He was replaced by Koji Uehara at this point. Buchholz threw 103 pitches during the start. With the bases loaded, one run came across on a ground out. With two outs, Uehara allowed a two-run double to Edwin Encarnacion to tie the game. All three runs were charged to Buchholz.

Buchholz picked up the no-decision for his efforts. He’ll take on the Rays in his next start. 


Clay Buchholz struggles against Angels


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz struggled Wednesday against the Angels.

Buchholz allowed six runs on seven hits over six innings of work. He struck out five and walked two during the outing. Things started out well, as Buchholz tossed three scoreless innings to open the game, but he seemed to tire as things progressed. The Angels were able to scratch one run across in the fourth inning, but really broke things open in the fifth. Buchholz loaded the bases with no outs. He then proceeded to give up a run in each of the next five at-bats. Porcello walked in one run, gave up two run-scoring singles and allowed two sac flies. He came back out for the sixth, and was able to get through the inning without giving up any more runs.

With the loss, Buchholz dropped to 5-8. He’ll take on the Blue Jays in his next start. 


Clay Buchholz can't win despite strong start


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/15/2014) Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz can’t win despite a strong start Friday against the Astros.

Buchholz allowed two runs on seven hits over seven innings of work. He struck out nine and walked two during the outing. Buchholz started out strong, tossing four scoreless innings to open the game. In the fifth, Robbie Grossman singled in a run against Buchholz. Grossman struck again in the seventh inning, hitting a solo shot against Buchholz. 

The Astros mounted a comeback late, giving Buchholz the no-decision. He’ll take on the Angels in his next start. 


Clay Buchholz strikes out eight in no-decision vs. Angels


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/10/2014) Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz didn't factor into the decision Saturday, allowing three earned runs on six hits and two walks in eight innings and striking out eight in his team's extra-innings game against the Angels.

Buchholz gave up two runs on a double in the first inning before watching his team battle back to score three runs in the seventh. He then allowed the game to be tied on an eighth-inning home run by Mike Trout. Buchholz, who was allowed to throw 120 pitches in the outing, owns a 5.99 ERA and 83:40 K:BB ratio in 109 2/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Astros Friday.


Command issues at the root of Clay Buchholz's struggles


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/4/2014) Red Sox starting pitcher Clay Buchholz has been plagued by command problems over his last three starts. After walking just one batter in his first five outings (35 1/3 innings) off the disabled list, Buchholz has walked 13 batters in his last three starts (16 innings).

"(He's tried to) pitch a little too fine, that's caused him to fall behind in the count," manager John Farrell said, per CSNNE.com. "Mechanically, he may be running away from his arm a little bit that's causing some pitches to be up to the arm side. But still, it's the overall pitch mix and command (issues)."


Clay Buchholz surrenders seven runs in no-decision Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/3/2014) Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz wasn't a factor in Sunday's decision after giving up seven earned runs on eight hits and five walks in five innings and striking out five in his team's 8-7 loss to the Yankees.

Buchholz threw 114 pitches in his five innings of work and didn't have much go right in the no-decision. It's his second straight start giving up seven runs in five innings, and the poor stretch gives him a 6.20 ERA, 1.61 WHIP and 75:38 K:BB ratio in 101 2/3 innings. Buchholz is scheduled to face the Angels Saturday.


Clay Buchholz gets rocked at home against Toronto


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz continued his struggles with another disappointing outing on Monday against the Blue Jays, dropping to 5-7 on the year. The right-hander was shelled for seven runs on seven hits and four walks while striking out four over five innings of a 14-1 defeat.

Buchholz failed to make it out of the sixth inning for the first time since May 26. He owns a 5.87 ERA and a 1.56 ERA through 17 starts (96 2/3 innings). He will look to pick up the pieces and get back on track Sunday at home against the Yankees.

Clay Buchholz struggles against the Blue Jays


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz had a rough start Wednesday against the Blue Jays.

Buchholz allowed five runs, four earned, on six hits over six innings of work. He struck out one and walked four. Buchholz threw 99 pitches during the outing. Buchholz was spotted a three-run lead before he even took the mound, but couldn’t hold on. After putting the first two runners on in the first inning, Buchholz allowed a run-scoring double, an RBI groundout and another run-scoring double. After the first inning, the game was tied 3-3. 

Buchholz settled in at that point, tossing four scoreless frames. He ran out of gas in the sixth, giving up an RBI triple. Buchholz also wound up allowing a fifth run, but it was due to an error.

The loss dropped Buchholz to 5-6 on the year. His next start will come against the Blue Jays.


Clay Buchholz gets the job done vs. Royals


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/18/2014) Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz was not at his best, but did enough to get the win Friday night at home against the Royals. The right-hander permitted four runs on 10 hits and no walks while striking out three over six innings of a 5-4 victory.

Over his last four starts covering 28 1/3 innings, Buchholz has allowed nine earned runs. He owns a 5.46 ERA and a 1.52 WHIP over 15 starts (85 2/3 innings). His next start will come Wednesday at Toronto.

Clay Buchholz changing things up


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/17/2014) I've put off writing about Clay Buchholz all week. He's remained among the most viewed players during that time, which means somebody probably should write something in the way of analysis about him, but doggone it, I just don't know what to make of his 12-strikeout effort against the Astros Sunday.

I'm not particularly moved by it. I rarely am by one stellar start amid a slew of mediocre ones. But at the same time, I remember how good Buchholz was before his shoulder began to bother him last June and recognize that a turnaround has to begin somewhere.

Buchholz credited his performance Sunday to an improved changeup -- a pitch that was critical to his success last year but seldom used prior to his last four starts this year. According to BrooksBaseball.net, he's getting more swings and misses with it than any other pitch by far. So then, where were the strikeouts in his previous three starts?

The bottom line is I need to see more. The buildup to the 12-strikeout game is encouraging enough for me to go ahead and take a flier on Buchholz in a standard mixed league, but not if Jake Odorizzi, Danny Duffy or Jacob deGrom is still available. And chances are at least one of them is still available in yours.


Clay Buchholz goes the distance in win over Houston


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/13/2014) Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz twirled a gem and went the distance for his fourth win of the season Sunday afternoon against the Astros in Houston. The right-hander yielded three hits and no walks while striking out a season-high 12 over nine innings of work in an 11-0 victory.

Buchholz enters the break with a 5.42 ERA and a 1.51 WHIP over 14 starts (79 2/3 innings). He will make his first start after the break Friday against Kansas City.

Red Sox announce rotation plans for start of second half


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/13/2014) The Red Sox announced Clay Buchholz will be on the mound for the team's second-half opener Friday vs. Kansas City. He will be followed in the three-game series by Rubby De La Rosa and Jon Lester.

John Lackey will then open a series at Toronto July 21. He will be followed by Jake Peavy before the rotation resets.

It appears for the time being that Brandon Workman will remain in the minors. He was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket Wednesday in order to clear a roster spot for De La Rosa.


Clay Buchholz surrenders four runs in loss vs. White Sox


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/7/2014) Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz took a loss Monday, giving up four earned runs on five hits and one walk in seven innings and striking out seven in his team's 4-0 defeat against the White Sox.

Buchholz (3-5) served up a solo home run in the second inning and a three-run shot in the fourth, giving him five home runs allowed in three starts since coming off the disabled list. He was able to rebound from his second home run Monday and pitch three scoreless innings before calling it a night. Buchholz owns a 6.11 ERA and 50:25 K:BB ratio in 70 2/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Astros Saturday.


Clay Buchholz gets no help in no-decision


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2014) Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz threw the ball well Tuesday against the Cubs, but did not get much help in a 2-1 loss.

Buchholz settled for a no-decision in the loss, despite pitching well into the seventh inning. He allowed just one run on five hits in 6 1/3 innings of work, while striking out two batters on 100 pitches.

Buccholz improved his ERA to 6.22 in his second start back from the disabled list, but the offense and bullpen were unable to help him get back to .500. He carries a 3-4 record into his next start, set for Monday against the White Sox.