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Clay Buchholz yielded two runs in seven innings Friday in a no-decision against the Twins.
His only mistake was a two-run homer by Pedro Florimon in the third inning, but it cost him a chance at the victory. Buchholz gave up four hits and three walks in the no-decision and struck out nine batters. While Buchholz is winless over his last three starts, he has a brilliant a 1.78 ERA and 1.04 WHIP to go along with a 69/24 K/BB ratio in 65 2/3 innings. He'll get the White Sox next week.
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Clay Buchholz yielded two runs in eight innings Friday in a no-decision against the Blue Jays.
Buchholz allowed eight hits and three walks while striking out four. While he was handed his second straight no-decision, he has allowed two runs or less in seven out of his eight starts this season. He'll carry a 1.69 ERA into a matchup against the Twins next week.
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Clay Buchholz denies that he has used sunscreen to get a better grip on the ball at any point this season.
Buchholz is being accused of doctoring the baseball with a combination of BullFrog-brand spray-on sunblock lotion and powdered rosin. But he claims he only uses that during day games, and hasn't done it this year. "I've used it in the past, but that wasn't on my arm at any time this season," Buchholz said. "Day games, you put sunscreen on. That's what you do, you put sunscreen on." The 28-year-old right-hander has a remarkable 1.60 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 56/18 K/BB ratio in 50 2/3 innings.
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Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports was told by veteran pitchers and one source close to the Red Sox that that "about 90 percent" of pitchers use some form of spray-on sunscreen to get a better grip on the baseball.
According to Passan's sources, pitchers use the sunscreen -- usually BullFrog brand -- and a combination of powdered rosin. It's not exactly a new revelation, as former pitcher and current Blue Jays broadcaster Dirk Hayhurst wrote about it last year, but it's relevant again because of accusations that Clay Buchholz doctored the baseball during a recent start. MLB can't ban sunscreen and rosin isn't going anywhere, so it's tough to do anything about it. For what it's worth, Red Sox manager John Farrell said on WEEI on Wednesday that Buchholz does not put sunscreen on his arm.
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Bidding for his seventh win, Clay Buchholz fanned nine Twins on Monday, but he didn't factor into the decision after allowing four runs in six innings.
Buchholz didn't appear to go to his left arm as often tonight, though he did still did it on occasion. The Twins, for what it's worth, never expressed any concern about it. Buchholz gave up two runs in the first before coming back with two strikeouts to strand the bases loaded. He was pretty good from there and his pitches had great movement tonight, but he did miss a few too many spots.
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Clay Buchholz pitched seven shutout innings as the Red Sox topped the Blue Jays 10-1 on Wednesday.
Buchholz moved to 6-0 with the victory, allowing just two hits and three walks on the night. He added eight strikeouts, and the right-hander now owns a 1.01 ERA and 0.96 WHIP on the year. He may come back to earth, but for right now he's a must-start across the board.
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Clay Buchholz yielded two runs in 7 2/3 innings and struck out 10 against the Astros on Thursday to become the year's first five-game winner.
Buchholz got four runs in the bottom of the first tonight and that was all he needed to work with, though the offense did manage a few more in a 7-2 win. Buchholz has now gone four straight starts without allowing a homer. He's given up just five runs this season. While an easy schedule has helped, it doesn't seem to be a fluke that he's racked up 40 strikeouts in 37 2/3 innings.