Clay Buchholz SP BOS 14 Hrs

Buchholz was named the Red Sox Opening Day starter Sunday, Ian Browne of MLB.com reports.

Buchholz struggled through the 2014 season, finishing the campaign with a 5.34 ERA and 1.39 WHIP with 132 strikeouts in 170.1 innings. He'll look to return to his 2013 form (1.74 ERA, 1.03 WHIP) this season, and it starts the first day of the season against the Phillies.

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Buchholz had his longest outing of spring on Friday, throwing five innings and 96 pitches against the Braves. He allowed four runs on 12 hits and a walk while striking out six.

There was one mistake pitch in the second inning, but otherwise Buchholz was able to wriggle out of jams. He's on track to pitch Boston's season opener.

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Buchholz pitched in a minor-league game Sunday instead of throwing against the Phillies, WEEI.com reports. He tossed five no-hit innings while striking out 10.

Having Buchholz skip the Phils is a pretty clear sign he'll be Boston's starter come Opening Day, when the Red Sox are in Philadelphia to kick off the season.

Clay Buchholz SP BOS 12 Days

Buchholz gave up four runs on five hits while striking out six in four innings Tuesday against the Braves.

Buccholz threw 47 of his 62 pitches for strikes while mostly focusing on his changeup and curve.

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Buchholz allowed an unearned run on four hits and a walk while striking out two in Thursday's spring game against the Pirates.

While Buchholz was not able to extend his innings during the third outing of spring, he did have to work through stress with runners on base in the first and third innings.

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Buchholz pitched a scoreless three innings, giving up a walk and striking out four against the Twins on Saturday, the Boston Herald reports. Buchholz, who was facing major league hitters for the first time this spring, established his fastball early and mixed in his other pitches, including several changeups.

While manager John Farrell hasn't named an Opening Day starter, Buchholz is on schedule for that job and he's impressed the manager so far. "Very good," said the manager. "Four pitches for strikes. Good command. The thing that we focus in on, when he's able to throw his changeup to right-handers, his release point has got good extension and that was the case today."

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Buchholz (knee) retired all three batters he faced Tuesday and continued to work on some mechanical changes, CSN New England reports.

Buchholz has been working on the direction of his kick leg, stepping more toward home plate and staying on line. The change is being made to help Buchholz command his changeup, a key pitch for him and one that he lost during the first half of 2014.

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Buchholz, who will pitch Tuesday, is also scheduled to start Saturday, the Providence Journal reports.

Buchholz and Rick Porcello will each pitch in Boston's first spring-training game against Northeastern University on Tuesday, but it will be Buchholz coming back on normal rest while Porcello is next scheduled to pitch Sunday. That suggests Buchholz will be Boston's Opening Day starter.

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Buchholz (knee) is scheduled to throw Tuesday afternoon against Northeastern University, WEEI.com reports.

Rick Porcello will also pitch against the Huskies in the afternoon while Wade Miley is set to throw Tuesday evening against Boston College. For those out there wondering how Farrell will align is starting rotation, here's your first hint. Buchholz, Porcello and Miley are the top candidates to be to No. 1 in the rotation.

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Buchholz (knee) threw a bullpen session Saturday and had thrown seven such sessions prior to the official start of camp, ESPN Boston reports.This is a marked change from last year when Buchholz stayed off a mound until reporting because of lingering shoulder issues.