Buchholz impresses in rehab start at Pawtucket

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Buchholz impresses in rehab start at Pawtucket

PAWTUCKET -- If the Red Sox were thinking of starting Clay Buchholz in one of the games against Tampa Bay next weekend, nothing that happened in Sunday's rehab start for Pawtucket at McCoy Stadium would convince them otherwise.

After a rough start in which he allowed a hit and two walks to the first four batters he faced, Buccholz retired his final six hitters as he shut out the Syracuse Chiefs over a 2 13-inning, 43-pitch performance. The Sox were hoping Buchholz would be able to start three innings (he did), and he was only three pitches their optimal limit of 40.

His final line: 2 13 innings, 1 hit, 0 runs, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts. His fastball, mired in the 90-91 range at the start of the game, topped out at 96 and he worked in a very effective changeup that helped him escape a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the first.

Buchholz had last pitched on June 19. He was placed on the disabled list because of esophagitis, an inflammation that damages tissues of the esophagus.

"We're just looking for consistency," pitching coach Rich Sauveur said in an in-game interview on NESN, which televised the game. "He's had no problems with the arms, no problems with the legs, everything's fine. He just needs to get back up on the mound."

More to come . . .

Moreland, Travis homer to lead Red Sox past Northeastern 9-6 in opener

Moreland, Travis homer to lead Red Sox past Northeastern 9-6 in opener

Mitch Moreland and Sam Travis hit three-run homers and left-hander Brian Johnson started and pitched two scoreless innings to help the Red Sox win their spring training opener, 9-6, over Northeastern University on Thursday in Fort Myers, Fla.

Johnson, who made one spot start in his MLB debut with the Red Sox in 2015 but then was derailed by injuries and anxiety issues last season, struck out three and walked one Thursday. He's expected to start the season at Triple-A Pawtucket, where he went 5-6 with a 4.44 ERA in 15 starts in 2016.

Moreland, the left-handed hitting first baseman signed to a one-year deal after spending his first seven seasons with the Texas Rangers, and Travis, a right-handed hitting first base prospect coming back from knee surgery last season, each hit three-run homers in a six-run third inning.

Pablo Sandoval, attempting to reclaim the third-base job after missing nearly all of last season after surgery on his left shoulder, went 1-for-2 with a double. 

The Red Sox open Grapefruit League play Friday afternoon when they host the New York Mets at JetBlue Park. 

Pedro Martinez talks about one of the greatest games he's ever pitched

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Pedro Martinez talks about one of the greatest games he's ever pitched

CSN baseball analyst Lou Merloni sits down with Pedro Martinez and Red Sox hitting coach Chili Davis to discuss one of Pedro's greatest games. 

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On September 10, 1999 at the height of the Red Sox/Yankees rivalry, Pedro Martinez struck out 17 Yankees in a complete game victory, with the only hit he allowed being a home run to Chili Davis. The two men recall that memorable night in the Bronx, and discuss the state of pitching in 2017.