Buchholz: 'I've felt pretty confident'

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Buchholz: 'I've felt pretty confident'

BOSTON -- Wins and losses can be deceiving for a pitcher's end-of-the-year stat line. And whatever record Clay Buchholz finishes 2012 with, it won't show just how good he was on Thursday night against the Chicago White Sox.
Buchholz got the no decision in a 3-1 Red Sox walk-off win. But had Cody Ross not provided his ninth-inning heroics, Buchholz would have received his fourth loss of the season after allowing just one run on six hits and a walk, while striking out six over eight innings.
"He definitely didn't deserve that loss tonight," said Ross afterwards. "And gladly, we came through for him. Because he threw tremendous."
With the no decision, Buchholz becomes the first Red Sox starter to allow one run or less over at least eight innings at Fenway Park and not win since Josh Beckett in May of 2009.
The one run that Buchholz gave up came in the top of the fourth inning on an Alex Rios sacrifice fly to right field that scored Adam Dunn from third.
Dunn led the inning off with a walk, something that seems to always come back and haunt Buchholz.
"Walks will kill you," said Buchholz after the game. "And every time I walk somebody to lead off an inning, it seems to always come around and score."
Dunn did just that. But Buchholz settled down and continued to look like the Red Sox ace.
"Clay was excellent," said Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine. "To walk a guy leading off an inning, who walks 150 times a year, is no fault. He made some good pitches on Dunn, who came around to score on another Konerko base hit to right. But other than that, he was perfect. he had a good breaking ball, excellent fastball, his changeup was down, both changeups down, competitive the whole way. He looked great."
In fact, Buchholz has been dominant lately, with a 4-1 record and a 2.63 ERA over his last seven starts, dating back to May. He's gone at least six innings in each of those seven starts, and has 45 strikeouts, compared to just nine walks.
He credits that to the confidence he has in his pitches early on in the game.
"That's where I'm at right now," said Buchholz. "It doesn't really matter what it feels like in the bullpen before the game. You've just got to go out there and trust it sometimes, even when you don't throw a good off-speed pitch, you have to keep going back to it. That's sort of what I'm doing right now.
"I feel like my past, probably, six starts, even if the results haven't been what you want them to be, I've felt pretty confident in almost all my pitches, each time I go out. I think that's a big key in going out and having success and keeping your team in a game like this."
Buchholz kept the Red Sox in the game for eight innings on Thursday night. He'll get a no-decision. But in reality, it was a whole lot better than that.

David Ortiz 'guest edits' this week's Sports Illustrated

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David Ortiz 'guest edits' this week's Sports Illustrated

This week’s Sports Illustrated has been guest-edited by Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, who is also featured on the New England regional cover with the headline “Designated Editor: Before He Retires Big Papi Takes Over SI.”

The cover shot is Ortiz stepping out of the dugout at Fenway Park, surrounded by his teammates and fans. In the issue, SI's Tim Verducci has in-depth, candid Q&A with Ortiz on a range of topics in which Big Papi doesn’t shy away from questions about PEDs, his proudest accomplishments and biggest disappointments. 

This is the first time in the magazine's 62-year history that an athlete has guest-edited an issue. Ortiz was able to select the stories, including one on his friend, new Celtics free agent acquisition Al Horford, which explores the brotherhood of Dominican athletes beyond their major league dominance. Ortiz asked SI to look into what’s going on at Patriots headquarters, where his favorite NFL team is off to a 3–0 start. He called for an opus on Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez, whose life was tragically cut short last weekend, and who will have a lasting impact on those he touched. Finally, Seth Meyers, host of NBC's Late Night, and writer Michael Schur pay their respects to Ortiz.

 

 

Yankees beat Blue Jays, Red Sox have chance to clinch AL East on Tuesday

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Yankees beat Blue Jays, Red Sox have chance to clinch AL East on Tuesday

For tonight, the Boston Red Sox can say "thank you" to the New York Yankees.

Despite the Toronto Blue Jays loading the bases with no out in the ninth, the Yankees hold on to beat the Blue Jays, 7-5. The result moves the Red Sox' magic number in the AL East to just one game. 

David Price will take the mound for the Red Sox on Tuesday night against those very Yankees with a chance to clinch the division. 

They can also clinch the AL East with a Toronto loss to the Baltimore Orioles.