Buchholz: Got to tip your cap to Masterson

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Buchholz: Got to tip your cap to Masterson

By MaureenMullen
CSNNE.com

CLEVELAND In his last two starts, Clay Buchholz has pitched 14 13 innings, giving up just two runs on eight hits and two walks with 10 strikeouts. And he has nothing to show for it.

At least in his previous start, May 18 against the Tigers, the Red Sox won the game; they pushed across the winning run after he'd departed. On Monday night, though, there was no luck.

Buchholz left after 7 13 innings with a 2-1 lead and the tying run on second base. Daniel Bard, who had been so steady until a recent rough patch, retired his first batter, then gave up consecutive run-scoring hits to let the Indians take the lead.

Thats why its hard to read into wins and losses as a pitcher, Buchholz said, acknowledging some frustration. Because you can go out there and give up six runs and still win a game. So its tough to read that. But, yeah, feel like when you go out there and throw the ball well you get results but it doesnt always happen like that.

In his previous start, Buchholz threw a career-high 127 pitches. He threw 94 Monday (with 55 strikes), giving him 331 for his last three starts, one above the 330-threshold the Sox prefer.

I told pitching coach Curt Young before the game . . . the last thing I want to do is make Buck work hard in his last inning, said manager Terry Francona. And that's right what we were getting to. He pitched great and its a shame, but we got to take care of him. And I think hes smart enough to know that. The results werent what we were looking for. He pitched his heart out, just, like I said, didnt want him to work. Thats what would be taxing.

In five starts in May, Buchholz is 3-0 with a 1.64 ERA, giving up six earned runs in 33 innings. He would like to have stayed in to finish the inning. But he realized the situation.

Yeah, Id like to stay in, Buchholz said. But Daniel, hes bailed me out way too many times before not to have confidence in him. So one of those nights. They got a lot of good hitters on that team. Took some good swings. Just a matter of time.

Working against the American Leagues most potent offense first in team average at .266, second in slugging and on-base percentage at .426 and .336, respectively Buchholz could take some consolation in his performance.

That's why their record is what it is, he said. They swing the bats. They pitch well. Indians starter Justin Masterson did a good job tonight, too. You give up two runs you expect to win if you pitch seven, eight innings. Thats just the way it goes sometimes. Came up against another good guy that threw the ball well tonight. You got to tip your cap sometimes.

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Flubbed popup opens floodgates, helps Blue Jays beat Red Sox, 8-6

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Flubbed popup opens floodgates, helps Blue Jays beat Red Sox, 8-6

BOSTON -- Justin Smoak hit a pair of homers and Steve Pearce drove in two runs when Boston second baseman Brock Holt lost his popup in the sun, and the Toronto Blue Jays held on to beat the Red Sox 8-6 on Thursday.

The teams split the four-game series. Including the 15-inning game on Tuesday with Toronto, the AL East-leading Red Sox played 76 innings in about 144 hours - the equivalent of 8 1/2 games in six days.

Dominic Leone (2-0) earned the win. Starter Francisco Liriano got just five outs, allowing three runs in the second, but Toronto came back with four in the third to take a 5-3 lead against Doug Fister (0-4).

Roberto Osuna pitched the ninth for his 24th save.

Smoak has 26 homers this season. His previous career high was 20, in 2013.

It was 7-3 in the seventh when Dustin Pedroia, in the lineup at designated hitter after the long week, hit a three-run homer - his third hit of the day and his fourth homer in 11 games.

Smoak, who also had an RBI single, added his second homer of the game in the ninth.

Farrell says Red Sox clubhouse anticipating trade

Farrell says Red Sox clubhouse anticipating trade

BOSTON — John Farrell might have stopped short of actually stumping for a deal. Still, the Red Sox manager on Thursday morning spoke highly of the potential impact of a trade and indicated his players are waiting to see what this front office can add to a first-place team.

From a morale perspective, Farrell sees a potential boon in an acquisition.

“I think it’s always a plus,” Farrell said. “It’s a strong sign that everyone is aligned to support, add to, fortify — however you want to describe it — an area of need. And I think there’s a lot that goes into — there’s almost an injection of maybe that support or, further momentum that, OK, this is going to better equip us to go deep into the season.”

The players, Farrell said, have an anticipation for the possibility of a trade as well.

“I think there is. I think players carry that,” Farrell said. “They’re well in tune. Maybe some of them might be wondering OK, am I out?...So there’s a tentative period of time that we’ll go through here in the next 10-14 days. But adding to [the team] I think is always a positive.”

A day earlier, Farrell noted the improvement the Yankees made in their trade for Todd Frazier, David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle.