In Game 3, Sox need Buchholz's best

After starting season in the minors, he's on the spot when it matters most

Updated: October 11, 2009, 7:49 AM ET
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- There were times this season when Clay Buchholz had to wonder if the Red Sox truly needed him.

Nearing midseason, Boston's rotation was overflowing with talent, including a pair of certified aces in Jon Lester and Josh Beckett, not to mention 42-year-old knuckleballer Tim Wakefield, who would earn a spot on his first All-Star team. The Red Sox were pondering how they would even make room for a surefire Hall of Famer in John Smoltz.

Surely there wouldn't be a spot for ...

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