Update: All signs point to Saturday doubleheader

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Update: All signs point to Saturday doubleheader

By Sean McAdam
CSNNE.com Red Sox Insider Follow @sean_mcadam
UPDATE, 5:51 P.M. -- It's not official, but all signs are pointing to a single game Friday and a doubleheader Saturday, with games at noon and 5 p.m. Because of Fox exclusivity, there is a question as to whether the 5 p.m. game -- if it's played (the weather forecasts are for rain) -- will be televised.

ARLINGTON, Tex. -- The Red Sox players and ownership are at odds over the team's desire to make Sunday's game -- almost certain to be postponed because of Hurricane Irene -- part of a doubleheader on Friday.

The team won't be arriving back in Boston after Thursday night's game until approximately 5-6 a.m. Friday, and the players are reluctant to play a doubleheader on such short rest. Management, however, is aware that Saturday's forecast is for rain beginning during the day and that, while a 1 p.m. game may be played to completion, it's unlikely a night game could be played.

It's imperative that the Red Sox and A's play all three scheduled games this weekend, as the teams have no mutual off-days for the rest of the season.

The players and management reportedly will meet later Thursday to discuss the issue.

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McAdam: Will this be Clay Buchholz's last start?

McAdam: Will this be Clay Buchholz's last start?

With Wright and Rodriguez set to return, Sean McAdam joins SNC to discuss whether Tuesday’s game against the Rays will be the last start for Clay Buchholz.

Quotes, notes and stars: Buchholz hopes he's made a case to stay in rotation

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Quotes, notes and stars: Buchholz hopes he's made a case to stay in rotation

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 2-1 win over Tampa Bay Rays.

 

QUOTES:

"I didn't know I could really do that.'' - Mookie Betts, who marveled at his throw from the right field corner which nailed Kevin Kiermaier -- attempting to stretch a double into a triple -- at third in the eighth inning.

"He's playing a huge role for us right now. He's stepped in, he's built his arm strength and given us almost 13 very strong innings the last two outings.'' - John Farrell on Clay Buchholz.

"I don't know that we ever lost faith in the talent of Clay. He was in a rut for quite some time. . . But the jolt that he's given us from the spot starts he's made, he's kept us rolling.'' - Farrell on Buchholz.

"You'd have to ask John about that. I have no idea. I've tried to make the most of (the opportunity) and if a decision has to be made, make it a hard one.'' - Buchholz, when asked if he's made a case to stay in the rotation.

 

NOTES:

* The Red Sox improved to a season-best 17 games over .500

* The win was just the fourth for the Red Sox this season when scoring two or one runs.

* The win was the first for Clay Buchholz as a starter since May 9.

* David Ortiz moved into sixth place on the Red Sox' all-time hit list, passing Bobby Doerr with 2.043 hits.

* Ortiz extended his hitting streak to 10 games and has reached base in 16 straight.

* Andrew Benintendi recorded his eighth multi-hit game, the first Red Sox player to do so in his first 20 games since Jacoby Ellsbury in 2007

* Mookie Betts recorded his 10th outdield assist, placing him third among major league right fielders.

* Craig Kimbrel has a 1.08 ERA in save situations this year and 6.06 in non-save situations.

* Kimbrel has recorded a save in each of his last five appearances.

 

STARS:

1) Clay Buchholz

To say that this was Buchholz's best start of the season is to damn with faint praise, since there haven't been many good ones. But this was very good: 6 1/3 innings, one run on five hits with a season-high nine strikeouts.

2) Mookie Betts

Betts has only been a pro outfielder for a little more than two years, but that didn't look to be the case when he fired a strike from the right field corner to cut down a baserunner at third with one out in the eighth inning.

3) Craig Kimbrel

Kimbrel was dominant in the ninth, protecting a one-run lead with two strikeouts and a soft lineout to left.