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Clay Buchholz's Shaky 2014 Campaign Continues

Clay Buchholz has had a very inconsistent start to the 2014 season, but was hoping to build on a solid start against the Twins where he let up three runs in six innings.

Things didn’t go as planned for the Boston righthander, as he was pulled from the game with two outs in the fifth inning after allowing a single to Dioner Navarro that scored the fifth Toronto run of the night.

Chris Capuano came in to get the final out of the inning – an Anthony Gose groundout to shortstop – which closed the book on Buchholz’s shaky night.

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The final line for Buchholz was 4.2 innings pitched, five runs – four earned – on nine hits with two walks and two strikeouts on 90 pitches. He gave up two home runs, both to Edwin Encarnacion, bringing his season total in homers allowed up to seven.

Buchholz failed to get out of the fifth innings for the fourth time in nine starts this year, and Wednesday was his shortest outing since May 9, when he lasted 4.1 innings against the Texas Rangers. After Wednesday, Buchholz’s season ERA rose from 6.17 to 6.32.

It is uncertain what is exactly wrong with Buchholz, as the righthander was spectacular in the first two months of 2013, going 9-0 with a 1.71 ERA in his first 12 starts. He then missed the next three months with shoulder soreness that never seemed to get better, but he returned in September to go 3-1 in his final four starts.

He came back seemingly healthy for Spring Training, but has been hit or miss every start in 2014. His next scheduled appearance would be sometime early next week, as the Red Sox play four games with the Braves, the first two in Atlanta, the second two in Boston.