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September 11, 2013

What You Need to Know

Boston Gets Buchholz Back

by Daniel Rathman


The Tuesday Takeaway
More good news for the Red Sox.”

That was the assessment of a scout who attended last night’s game at Tropicana Field, in which Clay Buchholz came off the disabled list and appeared in a big-league game for the first time since June 8. The 29-year-old Buchholz picked up right where he left off three months ago, blanking the Rays for five innings to trim his ERA down from 1.71 to 1.61.

Thanks to the emergence of Felix Doubront, the resurgence of Jon Lester, and the acquisition of Jake Peavy, John Farrell’s club scarcely missed Buchholz during his stint on the shelf. Boston went 49-33 (.598 winning percentage) over the half-season’s worth of games that the right-hander spent recovering from bursitis in his throwing shoulder. But a contender can always use another arm, particularly one with the upside Buchholz brings, and with Doubront suddenly looking shaky, the return of the unbeaten Texan might prove critical to the Red Sox as they attempt to lock up the American League East and peek ahead into October.

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