Beating the Angels in the second game, Buchholz improved to 9-0, with a 1.71 ERA -- tied for the major league lead in wins and ERA. He went 6 2/3 innings giving up two runs. He is only the second Sox pitcher all-time to be undefeated in his first 12 starts of a season. Roger Clemens was 11-0 through 12 starts in 1986, the year he won the Cy Young Award.
Three takes from Thursday: 1. Clay quietly turns his season around. 2. Is Nava's time up? 3. Hanley's shoulder could use some more rest.