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.

Report: Red Sox DH target Beltran agrees to 1-year deal with Astros

Report: Red Sox DH target Beltran agrees to 1-year deal with Astros

Carlos Beltran, the 39-year-old switch hitter who was a potential target of the Red Sox as a DH, agreed to a free-agent deal with the Houston Astros, ESPN's Buster Olney reported.

FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal reports that it's a one-year, $16 million deal. 

Beltran played for the Astros in 2004. He was dealt from the New York Yankees to the Texas Rangers at the July 31 trading deadline last season. He totaled 35 homers, 101 RBI and hit .295 in 2016. 

The Red Sox, looking to fill the void left by David Ortiz's retirement, will be looking for a DH at the Winter Meetings that begin next week. One possibility is the return of Mike Napoli, who played for the A.L. champion Cleveland Indians last season.

More on the Winter Meetings here from CSN Red Sox Insider Sean McAdam.