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Saturday, September 4, 2010
After loss, Buchholz set to start on short rest

By Joe McDonald

BOSTON -- Boston Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz suffered his first loss since July 21 as the Chicago White Sox defeated Boston 3-1 in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday afternoon at Fenway Park.

The right-hander will have to quickly put this one in the books because there’s a strong possibility he will start again on Wednesday on only three days rest against the Tampa Bay Rays. Buchholz was not under a strict pitch count against the White Sox, but he was removed after the fifth inning and 95 pitches.

“We’re thinking about bringing him back Wednesday,” admitted Red Sox manager Terry Francona. “So if there’s any possibility of that happening, if we sent him back out for the sixth, I don’t think it would have been realistic.”

Buchholz, now 15-6 on the season, said he’s ready for anything.

“I’m sure I did it in high school a couple of times, but not at this magnitude,” he said. “We’re going to wait and see how my body feels over the next couple of days and then we’ll make that decision.”

Buchholz made his 28th start of the season on Saturday and allowed only two runs on six hits with one walk and two strikeouts.

“I’ve never started too well against this team and they put up some good at-bats and fouled off some good pitches,” Buchholz said. “My pitch count got up really quick and I feel like I got ahead in the count in most cases. They battled off some pitcher’s pitches and found a way to get on base and score some runs. They’ve always been a good hitting team and when you throw Manny [Ramirez] in the mix it makes them that much better.”

The loss also snapped a career-high seven-game undefeated streak. The White Sox are the only big league club he has faced three times and not recorded a win. Buchholz is 0-2 with a 9.95 ERA in three career starts against Chicago.