ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Boston manager John Farrell thought Clay Buchholz might be a little rusty after a long layoff. Turns out that wasn’t the case for the Red Sox right-hander.
Buchholz allowed three hits over five innings in his first start since early June, and the AL East-leading Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-0 on Tuesday night.
“A healthy Clay Buchholz is going to be a great addition,” Farrell said. “He showed it tonight. To see him walk to the mound, I think it gave everybody a boost in confidence.”
Buchholz (10-0), sidelined by a strained neck, hadn’t pitched in the majors since beating the Los Angeles Angels on June 8.
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