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Clay Buchholz, Josh Beckett on mend

Updated: September 10, 2011, 12:51 AM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Boston Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz took another promising step toward a possible return before the end of the season with what manager Terry Francona termed an "aggressive" throwing session Friday.

"He ended up making 70 throws from 120 feet," Francona said. "It was encouraging that he got out that far."

The next step in Buchholz's progression will be the most significant: throwing off the mound. That's when he has experienced recurring discomfort in ...

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