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Buchholz, Sox hit another high note

September 19, 2009 by Staff Reporter  
Filed under Sports & Entertainment

BALTIMORE – Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell could tell in the bullpen before last night’s game. Clay Buchholz was not equipped with his best arsenal, the command of pitches a tick off, the snap on his breaking ball a touch flat.

When Farrell reported back to Terry Francona, the Red Sox manager did not worry. Buchholz possesses electric stuff, and there was a time he needed every bit of it. Buchholz proved last night, while pitching the Sox to a 3-1 victory over the Baltimore Orioles before 26,812 at Camden Yards, that he can compete and win on guile, that a bad day does not portend doom.

As Boston creeps closer to ensuring its spot in the postseason, Buchholz provided further reason for optimism he can contribute once the Sox get there. The Sox have won the last seven times Buchholz has started. Eight of his last nine outings have been quality starts, and Buchholz has a 2.63 ERA during that run.

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