Love that dirty water

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Love that dirty water

BOSTON It took Clay Buchholz until his seventh start of the season, but he finally recorded a quality start Friday night, beating the Indians SCORE, at Fenway Park.

It was the first career win Buchholz recorded against the Indians, the only American League opponent he had not beaten. He improves to 1-1 in four career starts.

Buchholz, who had been averaging just over 5 23 innings, went 6 23 innings, giving up four runs, three earned, on eight hits and three walks with no strikeouts, and one hit batter. He improved his record to 4-1, while dropping his ERA from 9.09 to 8.31. Buchholz entered the day with the highest ERA in baseball among qualified starters.

He also had the most run support, at 9.64, attributing to much of the reason for his success this season.

Ubaldo Jimenez, making just his second career appearance at Fenway Park since losing Game 2 of the 2007 World Series with Colorado, lasted just 4 13 innings, giving up seven runs on nine hits and five walks with four strikeouts, a hit batter and a wild pitch. His record falls to 3-3, with a 5.17 ERA.

The Sox scored two runs in the first, sending eight batters to the plate, two more in the second, and another three in the fifth when they sent nine batters to the plate.

Dustin Pedroia went went 3-for4 with three RBI, extending his hitting streak to 12 games, the longest streak by a Sox batter this season and longest active streak in the majors.

Alfredo Aceves earned his sixth save. He gave up a run with on two hits and walk with a strikeout in the ninth. With runnres on second and third and two outs, he got former Sox Johnny Damon to fly out to Ryan Sweeney in center.

With the win, the Sox improve to 13-19 overall, 5-11 at Fenway, and 2-8 in May.

Pedro Martinez tells WEEI Ortiz will make comeback this season

Pedro Martinez tells WEEI Ortiz will make comeback this season

Never say never?

While Red Sox officials said at the team's annual Winter Weekend at Foxwoods on Saturday that they'd be traveling to the Dominican Republic to talk to David Ortiz about a role with the team, Pedro Martinez told WEEI he sees Big Papi returning to his old role - designated hitter - this season.

CSN's Trenni Kusnierek and WEEI's John Tomase talked to Martinez on their show Saturday at Foxwoods and Martinez said his old teammate would be making a comeback despite the long, emotional farewell tour last season. 

For the full interview with Martinez, click here.

Red Sox executives Tom Werner, Sam Kennedy and Dave Dombrowski made no mention of Ortiz returning as a player when talking about their Dominican trip. Ortiz has repeatedly said he is going to stay retired. 

Chris Sale on leaving White Sox: 'Time for both sides to do something different, I guess'

Chris Sale on leaving White Sox: 'Time for both sides to do something different, I guess'

MASHANTUCKET, Conn. -- While there’s a deal of anticipation going into Spring training with the four Killer B’s, David Price and Pablo Sandoval’s shot at redemption and Rick Porcello looking to be something similar to his 2016 self, there’s one name that trumps them all.

Chris Sale.

The lankly lefty received an ovation from fans at the Friday night Town Hall, kicking off Red Sox Winter Weekend. With his consistent success, there’s reason to be excited.

But there’s also reason for apprehension given the way Sale’s departure from Chicago was depicted. But he’s made sure to clear the air.

“I wouldn’t say . . . ya know . . . I loved my time in Chicago,” Sale said when asked if it was time to leave the Windy City. “My best baseball memories are there [and] will be there forever. I love the city; I love the people in the organization.

“It was time for both sides to do something different, I guess. I talked to (White Sox Senior V.P.) Rick on the phone, I talked to (White Sox pitching coach Don) Coop (Cooper). We’re all cool, it’s fine. We understand where both of us are, it happens in baseball, but I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Chicago.”

He didn’t seem irritated discussing the issue, and certainly wasn’t timid -- we all know that’s not in his DNA.

He genuinely seems excited to deal with the large sum of Sox fans and to call a new place home -- in a city his wife’s fond of no less.

But ultimately, he’s focused on winning, nothing else.

“Every time I’m out there it’s gonna be all I got,” Sale said. "Every time, no matter what. Can promise you that.”