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Buchholz takes one for team and shines

Red Sox pitcher stays solid before and after lengthy rain delay to preserve bullpen

Updated: May 7, 2011, 10:09 PM ET
By Steve Kranser | Special to ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- Clay Buchholz's cutter was impressive Saturday against the Twins.

So were all of his other pitches.

But what was most impressive about Buchholz's performance in the Boston Red Sox's 4-0 victory at Fenway Park was the maturity and tenacity he showed.

The right-hander endured a 2-hour, 7-minute rain delay between the bottom of the second and the top of the third innings, pushing himself through five innings, blanking Minnesota on two hits in a 61-pitch gut check that ...

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