Clay and the A's

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Clay and the A's

Here's one more quick Red Sox post, while we wait for David Stern to stop dragging his feet and announce Rajon Rondo's suspension.

It's been more than 20 years since the Bash Brothers led the Oakland A's to three straight World Series appearances. It's been almost a decade since Zito, Hudson, Mulder and Moneyball led them to four straight trips to the playoffs. Hell, it's been five years since the A's finished with a winning record. Throw in the San Francisco Giants recent World Series title and times are tough for the Bay Area's other baseball team.

But not when they face Clay Buchholz. In fact, over Buchholz short career, he's been worse against the mediocre A's than any other team in baseball.

In five career starts, he's 1-2 with a 7.84 ERA and 2.34 WHIP. He's thrown 20.2 innings and given up 18 earned runs. He's struck out 15, but walked just as many. He's been awful. Much like he's been for most of this 2012 season.

Tonight at Fenway, he'll attempt to turn around his ugly Oakland history and inconsistent season in one felt swoop. Or frustrate the hell out of us trying.

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