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What did the Red Sox do during the All-Star break? 07.17.14 at 12:40 am ET
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With Jon Lester and Koji Uehara the lone All-Star representatives in Minnesota for the Red Sox (besides the coaching staff), many members of the team had a chance to relax before the grind of the second half of the season gets underway. Some decided to share their activities on social media.

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Sunday’s Red Sox-Astros matchups: Clay Buchholz vs. Brad Peacock 07.13.14 at 8:51 am ET
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In their last game before the All-Star break, the Red Sox will close out a three-game set against the Astros by sending Clay Buchholz to the hill against Brad Peacock.

Buchholz (3-5, 6.11 ERA) was solid in his last outing against the White Sox on Monday, surrendering four runs and fanning seven batters over seven innings of work. While Buchholz made two mistakes in a three-run home run from Dayan Vicideo and a solo shot from Adam Dunn, the righty finished strong, retiring the last 10 batters he faced.

“€œIf you’re not looking at the line, or winning and losing pitcher, that’s the best I’ve felt,” Buchholz said after the game, which the White Sox won by a score of 4-0. “The most crisp. Curveball, changeup finally came in the last three innings I was out there. That’s as close to last year as I felt.”

Buchholz has only faced off against Houston once in his career, allowing just two earned runs and striking out 10 over 7 2/3 innings on April 25, 2013.

Peacock (3-5, 4.30 ERA) earned a win for the first time since June 5 during his last outing Tuesday on the road against the Rangers, allowing six hits and two earned runs over 5 2/3 innings. It was only the second time this season that Peacock did not walk any batter in a start. The Astros have won five of the last eight games in which the Florida native has started.

“Peacock did a good job attacking the strike zone,” Astros manager Bo Porter after the Tuesday’s win. “I felt like with the heat here, it’s tough when you come in here and you’re not used to pitching in this element. I feel like you have to watch the guys close as far as their stuff leaving them.”

In his only career start against Boston on April 27, 2013, Peacock only lasted 3 1/3 innings, allowing six hits and five earned runs in what was a 8-4 Red Sox victory.

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Monday’s Red Sox-White Sox matchups: Clay Buchholz vs. Scott Carroll 07.07.14 at 8:41 am ET
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The Red Sox begin a four-game series with the White Sox on Monday when they send Clay Buchholz to the mound against Scott Carroll.

Buchholz (3-4, 6.22 ERA) was strong once again in his second start since coming off the disabled list on June 25. He allowed just one run on five hits and had no walks over 6 1/3 innings, but lacked enough run support to earn a decision in a 2-1 Cubs win last Tuesday. Whatever issues Buchholz was having earlier in the season seemingly have disappeared. He’s given up just five runs in 13 2/3 innings and hasn’t walked a batter in the two starts since his return to the Red Sox‘ rotation.

Monday will be Buchholz’s second start against the White Sox this season and the eighth of his career. The right-hander took a no-decision in a solid outing in Chicago on April 16. He gave up three runs (two earned), six hits and two walks to go with six strikeouts over six innings in a 6-4 Red Sox win. Buchholz is 2-2 with a 4.10 ERA in his career against the White Sox.

After beginning the year as a starter, Carroll (2-5, 5.05 ERA) settled nicely into his long-relief role with the White Sox. The righty posted a 1.83 ERA in six relief appearances for Chicago and seemed bound to stay in the bullpen until the struggles of starter Andre Rienzo forced the White Sox to make a change to their rotation yet again.

Carroll, however, has struggled in two starts since returning to the rotation. He’s allowed 12 earned runs on 19 hits over 11 innings in a pair of losses, including a clunker against the Angels last Tuesday. Carroll gave up seven runs, 10 hits and three walks over six innings in a 7-5 Chicago loss at home.

“You’re seeing the lineup more times, you’re throwing a lot more pitches and going deeper into games, so I need to be more efficient and make better pitches,” Carroll said after the game. “I’m trying to get to the point to where I’m consistent and translate what I had into the bullpen over.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Tuesday’s Red Sox-Cubs matchups: Clay Buchholz vs. Edwin Jackson 07.01.14 at 12:03 pm ET
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The Red Sox continue their three-game series against the Cubs on Tuesday night when Clay Buchholz opposes Edwin Jackson.

Buchholz (3-4) made his return to the rotation last Wednesday after being sidelined with what was called a hyperextended knee for the last month. Given how poorly he pitched prior to his trip to the disabled list, Buchholz was strong in his first game back against the Mariners. He gave up four runs on seven hits and had no walks in 7 1/3 innings in a 5-4 Red Sox win. The right-hander went at least seven innings for just the second time this season, and he threw 55 of his 76 pitches for strikes.

“I think there wasn’t a whole lot of thought going on out there. He was in the flow of the game,” manager John Farrell said after the game. ’€œThere was a good feel for all four pitches he was throwing. No hesitation on his part. That’€™€™s a sign of confidence and a good frame of mind on the mound with that tempo.”

Tuesday will be Buchholz’s first career start against the Cubs. He’s pitched twice against National League opponents in 2014 and struggled in both games. He is 0-1 with a 14.72 ERA in interleague play this season.

Like Buchholz, Jackson (5-8, 5.22 ERA) has had his share of struggles this season. The righty has lost three of his last four starts and has only gone six full innings once since May 23. Jackson was especially bad in June, going 2-3 with a 6.23 ERA in 26 innings pitched.

Jackson took another loss last Wednesday when he gave up four runs on six hits with four walks and two strikeouts over 5 1/3 innings in a 4-1 loss to the Reds.

“It’s a tough lineup and they’ll make you work,” Jackson said of the Reds after the game. “I thought for the most part I could contain them until the sixth inning, and then they busted it open. … You still have to get that first batter. It always jump-starts the inning when you get that leadoff guy on.”

Tuesday will mark Jackson‘s 13th career appearance against the Red Sox, but his first since Sept. 28, 2010, when he was a member of the White Sox. He took a no-decision in that outing after giving up three earned runs over seven innings in a 5-4 White Sox win. Jackson is 2-4 with a 5.49 ERA against the Red Sox.

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Closing Time: The old Clay Buchholz reappears in Red Sox’ win over Mariners 06.26.14 at 12:51 am ET
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SEATTLE — Clay Buchholz evidently made the most of his time away.

The Red Sox pitcher, who hadn’t pitched since May 26, turned in an efficient (and effective) outing in leading the Sox to a 5-4 win over the Mariners on Wednesday night at Safeco Field. He finished his outing allowing four runs on seven hits (including three home runs) over 7 1/3 innings, striking out two and not walking a batter.

Buchholz, who had gone as many as seven innings just once this season, pounded the strike zone throughout the night, throwing 55 of his 76 pitches for strikes. He also tossed first-pitch strikes to 19 of his 27 batters.

“It’s hard to be out there and battle when you’re battling yourself while trying to battle the other team,” the pitcher said. “Yeah, I felt like I did last year as far as the pitches that I was going to throw, and right when I gripped it, I didn’t think anything. I was just thinking, execute, rather than, if I don’t do this, then he’s going to hit it. That was, like I said, I was more clear what I wanted to do.”

The start was a far cry from his last appearance before he went on the 15-day disabled with a knee issue. In that outing Buchholz lasted just three innings, allowing six runs to push his ERA up to 7.02 for the season.

“I think there wasn’t a whole lot of thought going on out there. He was in the flow of the game,” said Red Sox manager John Farrell. “There was a good feel for all four pitches he was throwing. No hesitation on his part. That’€™s a sign of confidence and a good frame of mind on the mound with that tempo.”

Here is what went right (and wrong) in the Red Sox‘ 36th win of the season.

WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE RED SOX

Brock Holt continued to be Brock Holt, adding two more hits. Since becoming an everyday player on May 17, the lefty hitter has managed an OPS of .801 and now is hitting .324.

David Ortiz got the Red Sox on the board in a hurry, launching a two-run homer deep down the right-field line to score Dustin Pedroia and give the visitors a 2-0 first-inning lead. It was the designated hitter’s 18th homer of the season. (Click here to read about Ortiz’s promise he made some kids before the game regarding hitting a home run.)

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Red Sox designate Chris Capuano for assignment to clear roster spot for Clay Buchholz 06.25.14 at 6:46 pm ET
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Chris Capuano

Chris Capuano

With Clay Buchholz coming off the disabled list, the Red Sox cleared a roster spot by designating Chris Capuano for assignment.

Capuano, 35, signed a one-year, $2.25 million this spring to pitch out of the Red Sox bullpen. He got off to a tremendous start, logging 15 scoreless innings to start the season, but in his last 16 games (starting May 3), he allowed 17 runs (16 earned) in 16 2/3 innings with 14 strikeouts and 12 walks, ultimately moving from a high-leverage reliever to a bullpen afterthought, with a 4.55 ERA in 31 2/3 innings this year.

With Felix Doubront now available to the Sox as a bullpen option, Capuano’s performance as well as the team’s personnel made the Springfield native’s roster spot vulnerable.

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Wednesday’s Red Sox-Mariners matchups: Clay Buchholz vs. Hisashi Iwakuma at 10:33 am ET
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The Red Sox will close out a three-game series in Seattle against the Mariners when Clay Buchholz makes his return to the mound against Hisashi Iwakuma.

Clay Buchholz

Clay Buchholz

Buchholz (2-4, 7.02 ERA) hasn’t started for the Red Sox since May 26 when he hyperextended his knee in a game against the Braves that landed him on the disabled list. The right-hander had struggled mightily up to that point, going 0-2 with a 9.50 ERA in his four outings since his last win May 2. He lasted just three innings in that last game against the Braves, giving up six runs on four hits and eight walks.

Buchholz returns to the Sox Wednesday after a stint in Triple-A Pawtucket, and appears to be well after throwing six shutout innings in his second rehab outing last Thursday in Rochester, New York.

Buchholz’s return to the big leagues will come in his fourth career start against the Mariners. He is 1-1 with a 3.26 ERA in three outings against Seattle. He hasn’t faced the Mariners since Sept. 3, 2012, when he gave up three earned runs on six hits in a loss in Seattle.

The Mariners roster has undergone significant changes since then, however, most notably with the addition of former Yankees slugger Robinson Cano. Cano is batting .375 with a home run and three RBIs in 33 career plate appearances against Buchholz.

After going 2-1 with a 1.61 ERA in his three previous starts, Iwakuma (5-3, 3.04 ERA) struggled in his most recent outing in Kansas City on Friday night. The right-hander gave up five runs on nine hits — including a pair of home runs — and a walk in just five innings in a no-decision against the Royals, ending a string of three straight quality starts.

“I kind of lost my rhythm as the game went on,” Iwakuma said after the game. “They were very aggressive, they got to certain pitches, and they kind of just took advantage and took off.”

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