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The Red Sox may pitch Clay Buchholz tonight

Sep 28, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

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Jon Lester is the Red Sox’ starter tonight, but given that this is basically a must-win game, it could be one of those games where the starter has a short (read: non-existent) leash.  If Lester doesn’t have his mojo, where does Terry Francona turn?  How about to Clay Buchholz?

That’s the possibility raised by, who reports that Buchholz, who was originally supposed to pitch an Instructional League game Florida, is going to stay with the team for tonight’s game with the Orioles and could in fact be activated.  If he’s activated, you have to figure that he’s the top option for Francona in the event that Lester stumbles.

Buchholz hasn’t pitched in the majors since June. If he’s pitching tonight it could mean that the Red Sox’ season is effectively over. Or it could be the stuff that legends are made of.

  1. Tribe&Browns&Cavs - Sep 28, 2011 at 10:06 AM

    [Insert sarcastic and/or snotty comment about the lack of “Sox” in the title and/or URL]

  2. protectthishouse54 - Sep 28, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    “Or it could be the stuff that legends are made of.”

    Very nice Craig. I like it.

    • hep3 - Sep 28, 2011 at 11:22 AM

      You mean Legend, like when John Lackey as a rookie won the 7th game of the 2002 World Series?

      • aceshigh11 - Sep 28, 2011 at 11:52 AM

        Not THE John Lackey??

  3. sparkycon - Sep 28, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    i hope neither pitcher gets a personal text message before the game…

  4. bigharold - Sep 28, 2011 at 11:47 AM

    Desperate times call for desperate measures.

  5. aceshigh11 - Sep 28, 2011 at 11:51 AM

    If Lester, one of their supposed aces, can’t keep the Sox in the game against the Orioles…then really, what’s the point?

    And then to find out the Sox are looking to trade for a starter in case there’s a game 163…god, this is humiliating.

  6. APBA Guy - Sep 28, 2011 at 11:53 AM

    I don’t believe Buchholz has thrown against live opposition in 8 weeks.It would be a miracle if he came in and was effective.

  7. jshamrock - Sep 28, 2011 at 1:07 PM

    Pitch a guy in the biggest game of the year who hasn’t pitched in two months…………at least the Dead Sox aren’t desparate. Let’s hold hands and sing Sweet Caroline maybe everything will be ok!

  8. foreverchipper10 - Sep 28, 2011 at 1:44 PM

    But….it is only September…..isn’t MLB pushing that legends are born in October? (PS my birthday is a week today therefore, according to MLB I am a legend :) )

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