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Clay Buchholz | Starting Pitcher

Team: Boston Red Sox
Age / DOB:  (30) / 8/14/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 190
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
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Clay Buchholz yielded three runs -- two earned -- and five hits in 7 1/3 innings Thursday against the Rangers.
Boston's pitching has come around just as the offense has evaporated. Buchholz has turned in three straight quality starts, lowering his ERA from 6.03 to 4.56. He has a 58/15 K/BB ratio in 53 innings. May 21 - 10:09 PM

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Clay Buchholz fanned 11 while limiting the Mariners to one run in eight innings Friday.

It's Buchholz's third dominant outing of the season, though his other starts have been bad enough to leave him with a 4.93 ERA. He'll remain inconsistent and annoying to his fantasy owners, but it's hard not to like his 54/13 K/BB ratio through 45 2/3 innings.
May 16 - 12:52 AM

Clay Buchholz earned his first win since Opening Day, giving up three runs in 6 1/3 innings Sunday facing the Blue Jays.

Buchholz had been winless with a no-decision and four losses since winning his Opening Day start against the Phillies. He wasn't dominant, but he pitched well enough to get back in the win column, serving up seven hits and three walks while striking out three. Buchholz still owns a disappointing 5.73 ERA with a 1.59 WHIP and a 43/13 K/BB ratio in 37 2/3 innings. He'll try to make it a winning streak when he faces the Mariners in Seattle next.
May 10 - 3:58 PM

Clay Buchholz continued to struggle on the mound on Monday, taking his fourth loss after yielding five runs in 6 1/3 innings against the Rays.

Buchholz wasn't sharp early, allowing two runs in each of the first two innings, but he settled down until the seventh, when the Rays plated one more run and knocked him out of the game. The right-hander gave up nine hits in total while walking two and striking out seven. Half his starts have been decent and the other half has been disastrous. As a result, he carries a 6.03 ERA with a 1.60 WHIP and a 40/10 K/BB ratio in 31 1/3 innings. Buchholz will try to turn things around in Toronto against the Blue Jays in his next outing.
May 4 - 10:54 PM

Clay Buchholz lasted only 2 2/3 innings, allowing five runs (four earned) in a loss to the Blue Jays on Tuesday.

Tuesday marked Buchholz's second poor outing out of his first five starts of the season. The Blue Jays jumped out for five runs in the third inning, knocking the right-hander out early with two outs in the frame. Buchholz yielded six hits, walked one, and struck out four. He'll bring a 5.76 ERA, a 1.56 WHIP, and a 33/8 K/BB ratio over 25 innings into a home start against the Rays next.
Apr 28 - 10:40 PM

Clay Buchholz fanned 10 while allowing one run and two hits over six innings Thursday against the Rays.

Buchholz did have that positively brutal start against the Yankees 11 days ago, but he's allowed three runs and struck out 26 batters in his other three outings. That sounds like a viable mixed-league starter to us.
Apr 23 - 10:35 PM

Clay Buchholz surrendered two earned runs over six innings Saturday in a loss to the Orioles.

Buchholz actually did a pretty good job of damage control considering he gave up 11 hits. He has now surrendered 23 hits in 16 1/3 innings this season and is sporting a 1.65 WHIP through three starts. The 30-year-old righty gets the Rays on the road next week.
Apr 18 - 7:35 PM

Clay Buchholz was tagged for seven first inning runs in a losing effort against the Yankees in New York on Sunday.

For the evening, he would allow 10 runs (nine earned) on nine hits and a pair of walks over 3 1/3 innings. He managed to strike out a pair before departing. Chase Headley and Stephen Drew socked back-to-back homers as part of the seven-run uprising in the first inning. Buchholz will carry a troublesome 7.84 ERA into Saturday's matchup against the Orioles.
Apr 12 - 11:33 PM

Clay Buchholz was terrific in Monday's Opening Day win against the Phillies, striking out nine batters over seven shutout innings.

Buchholz had everything working, including his change-up. The Phillies were only able to scrape out three hits and a walk, rarely putting the right-hander in a stressful situation. Buchholz is coming off of a terrible 2014 season in which he posted a 5.34 ERA in 170 1/3 innings, but he's shown in the past -- just as he showed on Monday -- that he can be one of baseball's best pitchers.
Apr 6 - 7:08 PM

Despite allowing six hits, Clay Buchholz pitched four scoreless innings Wednesday as a Red Sox split-squad and the Twins played to a 4-4 tie.

Buchholz struck out four and walked one. He finishes the spring with a 2.84 ERA, though his earlier results might have been more encouraging than his later ones. He'll face the Phillies, and hit for himself in the NL park, on Opening Day.
Apr 1 - 5:01 PM

The Red Sox have named Clay Buchholz their Opening Day starter.

Buchholz will take on the Phillies on April 6 and will be followed by Rick Porcello. The veteran right-hander is coming off a 2014 season that saw him post a 5.34 ERA over 28 starts, but he's been excellent this spring with an 18/3 K/BB ratio over 15 innings. The Red Sox' rotation is looking pretty shaky heading into the season.
Mar 29 - 10:03 AM

Clay Buchholz yielded six runs and 12 hits over five innings Friday in a loss to the Braves.

That's three more hits than he allowed in his previous three starts combined. Buchholz seemed to be focusing more on his fastball than usual today, probably in an effort to build up stamina. He still struck out six batters, but he also gave up plenty of hard contact. Overall, it's been a rather encouraging spring for him, particularly with the 18/3 K/BB ratio and just one homer allowed in 15 innings.
Mar 27 - 4:28 PM

Clay Buchholz gave up four runs in four innings against the Braves in his start Tuesday.

Buchholz struck out six and walked none, but he gave up several well-hit balls, four of which turned into doubles. He's still been pretty impressive overall this spring; he hadn't allowed a run in six innings going into the day.
Mar 17 - 4:51 PM

Clay Buchholz yielded an unearned run over three innings Thursday in Boston's 5-1 win over the Pirates.

Buchholz's own errant pickoff throw helped lead to the run. He pitched effectively after the sloppy first, and he still hasn't allowed an earned run over six innings this spring.
Mar 12 - 4:28 PM

Clay Buchholz faced the minimum over three innings, striking out four, as as a Red Sox split-squad beat the Twins 4-2 on Saturday.

Buccholz did walk a batter, but he erased the runner by inducing a double play. He seems to be feeling good about his curveball this spring, and if that pitch returns to old form, he could go back to being a mixed-league contributor this year.
Mar 7 - 4:56 PM

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