Buchholz to start Thursday; 5-man rotation returns

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Buchholz to start Thursday; 5-man rotation returns

BOSTON -- The Red Sox have scratched their plans for a six-man rotation. Righthander Clay Buchholz will start Thursday in the series finale against the White Sox. For Buchholz, who last pitched Saturday in a loss at Tampa Bay, Thursday is his regular day to pitch in a five-man rotation.

Lefthander Franklin Morales who pitched Friday, the first game after the All-Star break, had originally been listed as the probable pitcher for Thursday. That was changed to TBA earlier Tuesday. Manager Bobby Valentine confirmed that Buchholz would be making the start.

Valentine had said previously he would use six starters for the initial turn after the All-Star break. Beyond that, he wasn't certain the Sox would stay with the six-man plan.

The change moves Morales back to the bullpen. Morales had made five starts, spanning 26 13 innings, this season, posting a record of 2-1 with a 3.42 ERA two quality starts, while the Sox were 3-2 in his starts. He gave up 11 runs, 10 earned runs, on 22 hits with eight walks and 31 strikeouts in his starts.

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Red Sox rally for 8-7 spring training victory over Twins

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Brian Bogusevic's RBI single in the eighth inning gave the Red Sox a come-from-behind, 8-7, spring training victory over the Minnesota Twins on Saturday in Fort Myers, Fla.

Bogusevic, 32, an outfielder signed to a minor league deal this winter, played in Japan last season and hasn't been in the major leagues since 2015 with the Phillies.

Reliever Tyler Thornburg, acquired in the offseason trade that sent Travis Shaw to the Milwaukee Brewers, had a rough outing in his Red Sox debut. He allowed five runs (four earned), four hits and a walk in 2/3 of an inning as the Red Sox fell behind 7-3 by the fourth inning.

Left-hander Roenis Elias started for Boston and allowed a first-inning home run to Byungho Park. He struck out three in two innings.

Mookie Betts went 2-for-3 with a double and first base prospect Sam Travis, hitting .500 this spring, tied it at 7 with an RBI double in the sixth.

Red Sox manager John Farrell said earlier Saturday that Eduardo Rodriguez is scheduled to make his first start on Thursday against the Tampa Bay Rays in Fort Myers and Chris Sale will make his first start March 6 against the Houston Astros in West Palm Beach. Rodriguez injured his knee in winter ball in Venezuela and threw his first batting practice session on Saturday.

The Red Sox next travel to Port Charlotte to play the Rays Sunday at 1:05 p.m.