Clay Buchholz SP BOS 5 Days

Buchholz has used his curveball more in the past two starts to great success, the Providence Journal reports. Friday's no-decision was his second straight straight encouraging outing after a string bad ones.

Buchholz, who has thrown the curve at least 30 times in the past two starts, has thrown his hook more than 25 times in a game just once in his career before this past week. He was able to throw it in all situations and drop it in for strikes. When Buchholz has a feel for his secondary stuff, he's usually in for a good outing. We'll see if he can continue this run of good pitching, but given his track record this season, we're not counting on it.

Clay Buchholz SP BOS 5 Days

Buchholz allowed two runs on seven hits, walking two and striking out nine over seven innings of a no-decision against the Astros on Friday night.

The solid outing dropped his ERA to a still horrid 5.79 and it typically takes tarot cards or a very good crystal ball to predict what you'll get from Buchholz on any given night. He's scheduled to face the heavy-hitting Angels in Fenway Park next time out, and the Eight Ball says "probably not."

Clay Buchholz SP BOS 11 Days

Buchholz allowed three runs on six hits and two walks while striking out eight in Saturday night's loss to the Angels.

Buchholz survived the first inning when he gave up two runs and three hits, but then settled in. He had all of his pitches working and threw them whenever he wanted. It was an encouraging sign after a three-game stretch in which Buchholz allowed 19 runs, 21 hits and 13 walks in 16 innings.

Clay Buchholz SP BOS 17 Days

Buchholz blew a couple of three-run leads on his way to giving up seven runs on eight hits and five walks in five innings in Sunday's loss to the Yankees.

Clay Buchholz SP BOS 23 Days

Clay Buchholz surrendered seven runs in five-plus innings Monday in a loss to the Blue Jays.

Another clear step backwards for Buchholz. He seemed to have things headed in the right direction earlier this month, but his three starts since the break have gotten progressively worse. He's even a hard guy to use in AL-only leagues now.

Clay Buchholz SP BOS 28 Days

Clay Buchholz surrendered five runs -- four earned -- in six innings Wednesday in a loss to the Blue Jays.

This was a definite step backward for Buchholz, who seemed to be making progress prior to the All-Star break. He walked four and hit two batters tonight, while striking out just one. It was actually quite an accomplishment that he managed to get through six innings. Buchholz will face the Jays again next time out, making him a tough play in any format.

Clay Buchholz SP BOS 1 Month

Clay Buchholz struck out 12 while allowing just three hits in an 11-0 shutout of the Astros on Sunday.

It's been a season to forget thus far for the 29-year-old, but Sunday reminded fans just how dominant Buchholz can be when he's on. The right-hander allowed just three singles and didn't walk a batter, using 109 pitches to finish his first shutout of 2014. The start could give him some confidence heading into the season's second half.

Clay Buchholz SP BOS 1 Month

Clay Buchholz surrendered four runs in seven innings Monday in a loss to the White Sox.

Buchholz was great after giving up Dayan Viciedo's three-run homer in the fifth, retiring the final 10 hitters he faced. Six of those outs came via the K. Of course, it was too late to do the low-scoring Red Sox much good. However, Buchholz is looking a whole lot better now than he did before going on the DL at the end of May.

Clay Buchholz SP BOS 2 Months

Clay Buchholz got a no-decision, allowing one run over 6 1/3 innings in Tuesday's loss to the Cubs.

It was a tough-luck no-decision for Buchholz, as the Red Sox squandered plenty of run-scoring opportunities. The right-hander allowed five hits, walked none, and struck out two in the effort. It's been a tough season for Buchholz, as he still carries a 6.22 ERA, a 1.74 WHIP, and a 43/24 K/BB ratio. He'll attempt to get win number four in his next start against the White Sox at home.

Clay Buchholz SP BOS 2 Months

In his return to the rotation, Clay Buchholz allowed four runs over 7 1/3 innings in Wednesday's victory over the Mariners.

Buchholz struck out two and issued zero free passes. The right-hander missed almost a month with a (possibly phantom) knee injury, and the time away seems to have done him some good (he had a 7.02 ERA in 10 starts prior to hitting the shelf). Buchholz (3-4, 6.75 ERA) has a decent chance to take another step forward when he hosts the Cubs next week.