|Buchholz: Penny to start if healthy||03.31.09 at 4:56 pm ET|
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Following the Red Sox’ 8-7 win over Tampa Bay Tuesday at City of Palms Park, Sox starter Clay Buchholz was told by the Red Sox that Brad Penny will be making the April 12 start in Anaheim if he comes out of his Thursday start against the Twins in good health. The date marks the first time the Red Sox would need a fifth starter.
“I’m just going to keep coming here every day, doing work and hopefully something good will happen,” Buchholz said. “That’s basically it.”
Buchholz will stay behind in Florida to throw Sunday in a minor league game.
The starter suffered through his roughest outing of the spring by far, Tuesday, allowing six runs on nine hits over 5 1/3 innings, finishing with 96 pitches. Buchholz remained encouraged after the outing, however, pointing to a spring training that had seen him allow just two earned runs all spring coming into the game against the Rays.
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