Sox notes: Buchholz ready for another start Sunday

Sox notes: Buchholz ready for another start Sunday
September 11, 2013, 7:45 pm
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Clay Buchholz pitched five shutout innings in his return to the Red Sox on Tuesday.

(AP Photo)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Clay Buchholz emerged from his first major league start in more than three months in good shape and is on track to start again Sunday night against the Yankees.
     
Buchholz, who returned to the rotation Tuesday night, threw 74 pitches in five innings against Tampa Bay Tuesday and reported no ill effects Wednesday.
     
"He came out of it as he has the last three rehab starts,'' said Farrell. "[There was] nothing abnormal even with increased intensity. He came out of it in good shape. He’ll go Sunday night at home. I’m sure we'll look to increase his time on the mound; hopefully, it goes as close to as smooth as (Tuesday) night did. I think an incremental bump up of pitches is in order.''
     
Buchholz likely will be limited to about 90 pitches Sunday, with the idea that the start after that -- against Toronto, with an extra day's worth of rest -- will not be limited, since he'll be capable of getting beyond 100 pitches by then.
     
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Felix Doubront continues to work on the side, attempting to refine some mechanical issues which have plagued him in the last month.
     
Doubront is being skipped for his next turn, since the addition of Buchholz to the rotation has given the Red Sox six starters.
     
But Farrell said Doubront would start again before the end of the season.
     
Though Doubront appeared to fall victim to fatigue recently, failing to get past the fourth inning in four of his past six starts, Farrell chooses
to look at the big picture.
     
"He was very good,” Farrell said. “For a consistent stretch of 15  consecutive starts where he allowed three runs or less when Clay went down,
he stepped up as did John Lackey, after he got over early season inconsistencies with arm strength and reeled off two months of reliability.''
     
Doubront won't pitch out of the bullpen this weekend, since the Sox already have four lefties -- Craig Breslow, Matt Thornton, Franklin Morales and Drake Britton.
     
The Sox also think there's a benefit to getting some rest. A skipped start in mid-May served to turn Doubront's season around.

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Boston went into Wednesday night with 88 wins, headed to a 90-win season.
     
For the Sox, it will be the ninth 90-win season since 2002.
     
"One thing we didn’t do is set a number or goal of a number of wins,'' said Farrell. "We felt like if we took care of our daily work, it would lead
us to whatever that is and hopefully, it was contention for this division title and that's a reality.
     
"But the reality is, is a number can almost limit you. Sure, ninety wins signifies a successful year. But hopefully we don't stop there.''
     
Heading into Wednesday, the Sox had made a 19-game improvement from their 69-93 record of a year ago, the biggest turnaround for the franchise since they went from 72 wins in 1966 to 92 in 1967.