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Clay Buchholz shows his perseverance

Updated: September 22, 2010, 3:50 AM ET
By Steven Krasner | Special to ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- A pitcher doesn't become an ace just because he has devastating stuff.

Obviously, sizzling fastballs, knee-buckling breaking balls and deceptive changeups go a long way toward separating a pitcher from being a middle-of-the-rotation guy or a No. 1.

But no matter how good he is, no pitcher will have his best, put-away stuff every time out. There are nights when the command just isn't there on a consistent basis.

And there are nights when the opposition ...

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