Stewart to make Red Sox debut on Wednesday vs. Angels

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Stewart to make Red Sox debut on Wednesday vs. Angels

ANAHEIM -- Two months after joining the organization in the trade that sent Kevin Youkilis to the Chicago White Sox, pitcher Zach Stewart will make his Red Sox debut Wednesday night when he draws a start against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Stewart was informed of the assignment Monday night while with Pawtucket Red Sox on a road trip outside of Atlanta. For Pawtucket, Stewart was 3-5 with a 3.94 ERA in 11 starts.

In five of his last six starts, Stewart had limited the opposition to three runs or fewer.

"I'm excited and ready to get going," said Stewart. "I had a (scheduled) start today and I was pretty much just getting ready for that. It was definitely a surprise and I'm happy to be here."

Stewart began the year in the White Sox organization, pitching in relief before being dealt (with Scott Podsednik) to the Sox for Youkilis in June.

"I've done a lot of both -- relieving and starting -- my whole career," he said. "So I guess it's somewhat normal. But it was kind of a roller coaster this season."

Wednesday will represent his first start in the big league for Boston. He's already pitched in the big leagues for both Toronto (in 2011) and the White Sox (earlier this year), but has lacked consistency in the past.

"For me, (it's about) getting ahead of guys and getting guys to swing and try to get themselves out," he said. "That's been my game plan and when I've been successful, that's usually what I'm doing. I'm not trying to fool anybody. I'm trying to throw strikes and try to let them get themselves out."

Stewart features a sinkerslider mix as his two most effective pitchers and is capable of getting groundouts when his stuff is working.

It's unknown whether Stewart will get additional starts in the final five weeks of the season. For now, he's taking the spot vacated by Franklin Morales, who was placed on the DL with left shoulder weakness. But he's effectively getting an early start on auditioning for a spot in the rotation next spring.

"That's not my call," said Stewart. "I'm just going to go out and pitch the best I can and whatever happens, happens. Hopefully, it's a good thing."

Quotes, notes and stars: Location gets Buchholz in trouble

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Quotes, notes and stars: Location gets Buchholz in trouble

Quotes, notes and stars from the Boston Red Sox' 5-3 loss to the Atlanta Braves.

 

QUOTES:

"When he's gotten in trouble, it's been a combination of location and pitches up in the strike zone. That was the case tonight. . . It's more general location than one pitch that he's getting burned on. '' - John Farrell on Clay Buchholz's poor start.

"No disrespect to (Jace) Peterson, but you're wanting to force contact. He hasn't hit for a high average.'' - Farrell on Buchholz walking No. 7 hitter Peterson three times.

"When do you walk guys, you do your best to try to minimize the damage and I didn't do a good enough job of that.'' - Buchholz, who saw Peterson come around to score twice after his three walks.

"It's frustrating when you can't put your finger on what you need to do it, and when you need to do it and why. All I can do right now is learn from it and get better in these next couple of days.'' - Buchholz.

"I didn't hear anything. The play was right in front of me, so I couldn't see him say anything. I just assumed I was out.'' - Xander Bogaerts, who was ruled safe at second on a force play by umpire Joe West, but believing he was out, came off the bag and was tagged out in the first inning.

 

NOTES

* Clay Buchholz has allowed five earned runs in four of his five starts this season.

* Heath Hembree pitched multiple innings for the fourth time this season and remains unscored upon in them.

* Over the last eight games, Dustin Pedroia is hitting .436 (17-for-39) with nine extra-base hits.

* All three of Chris Young's hit off lefthanded pitchers this season have been doubles.

* Hanley Ramirez (three hits, two RBI) has driven in a run in each of his last four games and six of his last seven.

* The Sox have scored in the first inning in eight of the last nine games.

 

STARS:

1) Nick Markakis

The Braves right fielder had a four hit night and knocked in three runs.

2) Jhoulys Chacin

Atlanta's starter wasn't overpowering, but he limited the Sox to two runs over five-plus innings and earned the victory.

3) Hanley Ramirez

Ramirez broke out a bit at the plate with three hits, while knocking in the first two Red Sox runs.