Buchholz can make fans forget about long layoff

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Buchholz can make fans forget about long layoff

Clay Buchholz didn't mess around in his first game back in essentially three months.

He pitched 5.0 innings, giving up just three hits and a walk while striking out six Rays.

Mike Felger, Gary Tanguay, and Kirk Minihane discuss the his latest performance.

Felger says that if he pitches this way from this point forward, all will be forgotten in terms of the time he missed.

"If you had somehow fallen off the face of the earth the last three months and just tuned in and watched tonight, you'd just say 'Oh, this is the same guy. Nothing has changed. This is the guy we saw with an ERA of sub-two.' He looked great tonight. He didn't look great in the minor league starts, I don't know if he was working stuff out, but he looked like Clay Buchholz tonight. No question."

Does this mean that Buchholz - assuming he keeps this up - is your Game 1 starter? The guys aren't ready to say that for sure just yet, as Jon Lester has pitched well as of late too.

Felger wonders if Buchholz was right all along to wait out until he felt he was as close to 100-percent as possible.

And finally, the guys discuss how suddenly the Red Sox have a very deep postseason rotation.

Sandoval 'starting from scratch' after career fell 'into an abyss'

Sandoval 'starting from scratch' after career fell 'into an abyss'

The Pablo Sandoval redemption tour is underway as the former World Series MVP tries to revive his career after two disastrous seasons with the Red Sox organization.

In an interview with ESPN Deportes, he admits to being “complacent” during his first two seasons in Boston after signing a five-year, $95 million deal. 

"My career had fallen into an abyss because I was so complacent with things that I had already accomplished," Sandoval said. "I did not work hard in order to achieve more and to remain at the level of the player that I am and that I can be."

After dealing Travis Shaw to the Brewers, Sandoval is expected to be the Red Sox primary third baseman in 2017.

"I am not taking anything for granted," he said. "I am here to work hard. I'm not thinking about the position or not. I am starting from scratch, and I am here to show what I can do on the field."

The 30-year-old says he’s following a “really strict routine” this offseason, and it shows. In a recent photo, Sandoval appears noticeably thinner. Sandoval says his wife giving birth to “Baby Panda” has served as inspiration.

"Watching 'Baby Panda' grow up and that he gets the opportunity to see his father play in the majors for seven, eight more years, to get back to the success I had, that's my motivation every day," Sandoval said. "The people that I surround myself with now and my family, they are the key to my success. This has been a life lesson."

Tanguay: Could Red Sox ownership be going for it now, then sell the team?

Tanguay: Could Red Sox ownership be going for it now, then sell the team?

Could John Henry sell ownership of the Boston Red Sox anytime soon, or does he want to keep winning?  Shaughnessy, Merloni, and Tanguay debate.