Oakland -- Clay Buchholz took his final tune-up with Pawtucket Thursday afternoon and it was impressive one. Buchholz allowed two hits and two walks in six shutout innings in Rochester.
"Today was really good,'' said Farrell. "He was able to get up to nearly 90 (87) pitches in six shutout innings of work. His changeup, feel and execution was much improved and the shape to his overall pitches was consistent, particularly with the way he threw his changeup today. He threw a lot of strikes.''
Buchholz was to join the team late Thursday night in Bay Area and will pitch sometime in the series in Seattle, though the exact date hasn't been identified.
"I think we all felt this final (rehab start) was needed,'' said Farrell. "He went about it the right way and comes back to us with some momentum. Hopefully we've worked through a number of things that puts him in a place where the past numbers this year are just that -- they're in the past and we get a guy who's straightened out a little bit and ready to go.''