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Clay Buchholz allows 1 run in first spring training outing; Red Sox shut out by Rays

03.04.14 at 1:43 pm ET
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FORT MYERS, Fla. — Making his spring training debut, Clay Buchholz allowed one run on three hits in an inning of work against the Rays.

Taking the mound for game action since pitching four innings in Game 4 of the World Series, Buchholz finished his stint throwing 26 pitches — 14 of which were strikes — walking one and striking out one.

Buchholz was greeted by a double to right off the bat of right fielder David DeJesus, who was followed by a Yunel Escobar ground out to third base and a James Loney walk.

The pitcher said his fastball sat between 88-93 mph, reporting the right shoulder felt completely different than the last time he took the mound in game action.

“I think more than anything, it was good to see Clay back on the mound,” said Red Sox manager John Farrell after his team’s 8-0 loss. “He showed decent arm strength. I don’t want to make too much of an inning of work, but he was able to go through an extended bullpen, almost simulating an inning. In some ways, today was almost two innings of work for him. So a good starting point for him.”

After Buchholz struck out cleanup hitter Wil Myers, Matt Joyce singled in DeJesus with a liner to left field. Buchholz would give up one more hit — a single in the hole between shortstop and third base by Logan Forsythe — before ending the inning on a fly out to left field by Sean Rodriguez.

Buchholz was scheduled to get some additional work in via a bullpen session after the one-inning appearance but didn’t need to because of the pitch count. Coming in for the starter for the second inning was Rubby De La Rosa, who struggled in his two innings, allowing four runs on five hits.

“I was anticipating going two innings but decided to do one and if I needed more I would go out to the bullpen,” Buchholz said. “First-game jitters back from a couple of months ago. Velocity is creeping back up to where I need it to be. No problems throughout the whole thing. A couple pitches spinning off, and that’s all mechanical so that’s an easy fix. Just have to work on it.”

Buchholz also talked about his revamped diet, and how that has translated into improved performance.

“It hasn’t been really that much,” Buchholz said. “I’m pretty finicky when it comes to eating anyway, so basically instead of going out and doing the easy thing, which is pizza or whatever, get some stuff and go home to cook it and go about it that way.”

Turning in encouraging relief outings for the Red Sox were Andrew Miller (IP, BB, K) and Francisco Cordero (IP, H, 2K).

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