Clay Buchholz Returns From DL, Starts For Red Sox Wednesday

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Clay Buchholz Returns To Red Sox Rotation Wednesday

Good news for the Red Sox, who are beginning to get healthy:

Clay Buchholz's return to the Red Sox's pitching rotation on Wednesday vs. the A's has been a long time coming. Buchholz strained his left hamstring June 26 running the bases, costing him a chance to pitch in his first All-Star Game.

With Buchholz back Wednesday and Josh Beckett looking to be back on Friday, the Red Sox are getting themselves in shape in time to make a run. Currently they sit six behind New York and 3.5 behind Tampa Bay.

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Clay Buchholz's Injury Is A Minor Hamstring Tear, Not A Hyperextended Knee

Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz came out of his Saturday start early with what was being called a hyperextended left knee. However, further investigation has revealed something entirely different:

His knee injury is actually a minor lower hamstring tear. The Sox can avoid putting him on the DL but still give him nine days off by using the days off to delay his next start until July 6. This does not seem like a major concern.

The good news for Boston is that Buchholz doesn't appear to be seriously hurt. Still, in a race such as the one in which they're involved, every game is big, so even one missed start for Buchholz would put them at a disadvantage.

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Red Sox 4, Giants 2: Buchholz Exits Early, Bumgarner Makes 2010 Debut

For more, check out our Giants blog, McCovey Chronicles, and our Red Sox blog, Over the Monster.

San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Mike Cameron slugged a three-run homer and Darnell McDonald hit a solo shot as Boston doubled up San Francisco, 4-2, in the second installment of a three-game interleague series.

Adrian Beltre added a hit and a run scored for the Red Sox, who have won two of three.

Starter Clay Buchholz lasted just one scoreless inning before leaving with a hyperextended left knee suffered on the basepaths, paving the way for Scott Atchison (1-1) to pick up the win by allowing one run over 2 1/3 relief frames.

Buster Posey knocked in both runs for the Giants, losers in three of four.

In his season debut, Madison Bumgarner (0-1) was charged in the setback with five hits and four runs with five strikeouts over seven innings.

McDonald's solo homer in the first put the Sox ahead, then the visitors added three more in the second.

Beltre hit a leadoff single and Bill Hall walked with one out before Cameron launched a three-run shot to dead center.

The Giants picked up single runs in the fourth and sixth thanks to Posey, who grounded into a run-scoring fielder's choice in the former and lofted a sacrifice fly in the latter.

Hideki Okajima stranded a runner on second in the seventh and Daniel Bard turned in a scoreless eighth.

Jonathan Papelbon then earned his 17th save by retiring the side in order in the ninth.

The Red Sox have won four of the last five meetings with the Giants...In a pregame ceremony, the Giants retired Monte Irvin's number 20. The Alabama native played with the club in New York from 1949-55 and was part of the majors' first all-African-American outfield along with Willie Mays...Prior to the game, the Red Sox announced that second baseman Dustin Pedroia will be lost indefinitely after suffering a broken left foot. Pedroia was placed on the 15-day disabled list and shortstop Angel Sanchez was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket.

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Madison Bumgarner Expected To Be Called Up For Giants Vs. Red Sox

On Saturday night, Madison Bumgarner, one of the top prospects in all of minor league baseball, is set to make his first start this season for the San Francisco Giants. The 20-year-old lefty first appeared in the majors in 2009, a stint consisting of a solid 5.1-inning debut and three scoreless relief appearances.

Our Giants blog, McCovey Chronicles, offers an explanation for the team's decision to call up Bumgarner:

My guess at the thought process: Do the Giants need to trade for a fifth starter at the deadline, or is their in-house option the best way to go? No time like the present to find out....

The Giants will face the Red Sox, owners of the most potent offense in baseball. For more on this game, check out McCovey Chronicles as well as our Red Sox blog, Over the Monster.

Preview courtesy of Sports Network.

(Sports Network) - Clay Buchholz gets a chance tonight at becoming just the second 11-game winner in the majors this year and first in the American League, but the Boston hurler might have to do so without one of his team's hottest offensive players.

With Dustin Pedroia likely out due to a foot injury, the Red Sox try to draw even tonight in their three-game series at AT&T Park with the San Francisco Giants, who are expected to start prospect Madison Bumgarner.

Buchholz is 10-4 on the season with a 2.47 earned run average and is tied with the Yankees' Phil Hughes and David Price of the Rays for the most wins in the league. Price is also in action today, while the Rockies' Ubaldo Jimenez leads all MLB starters with 13 wins.

The 25-year-old Buchholz has won two straight and seven of his last eight starts, pitching to a 1.62 ERA while lasting at least seven innings in four of those outings. A 30-pitch first inning limited him to 6 2/3 scoreless innings versus the Dodgers on Sunday, but he gave up just three hits in a 2-0 victory.

"He is just a maturing young pitcher," Terry Francona told Boston's website. "His stuff is so good and now that he has some repetition under his belt, he is able to execute pitches as opposed to thinking about 19 different things that are going on. It is fun to watch."

The right-hander is also a solid 5-1 with a 1.74 ERA in six road starts as well as 2-0 with a 2.19 ERA in a pair of interleague starts. He has never before faced the Giants, though.

Buchholz will try to pitch Boston to a victory after it left 13 men on base in last night's 5-4 setback to San Francisco. The Red Sox loaded the bases in three of the final four innings, but plated just one run. That came in the ninth off Giants closer Brian Wilson, who allowed a two-out triple to Kevin Youkilis, who then scored on a single by Victor Martinez.

Wilson filled the bases in the frame, but escaped further damage by getting Darnell McDonald to ground out to end the game.

"Wilson's a good pitcher," Giants shortstop Juan Uribe told San Francisco's website after Wilson posted his 21st save of the season. "I don't ever get too nervous when Wilson goes on the mound. I believe in the guy and I know he can do it."

Uribe hit a solo homer in the win and Jonathan Sanchez threw 5 1/3 innings. He gave up just three hits, though one was a three-run homer by Youkilis in the first inning. Still, the Giants, who had lost four of six coming in, remained 2 1/2 games behind the first-place Padres in the NL West.

In losing for the third time in four games following six straight victories, the biggest blow for the Red Sox might have come when Pedroia fouled a ball off his left foot in the third inning, forcing his early exit. Though X-rays didn't show a break, he was still on crutches after the game and will have further tests done today.

"I'm sore," said Pedroia on Boston's website. "I'll get checked out [Saturday] and make sure we get to the bottom of everything. But I'm pretty disappointed."

In 13 games prior to Friday, Pedroia was hitting .500 (26-for-52) with four homers, 13 RBI and 17 runs scored. Three of those homers came in Thursday's 13-11 extra-inning win over Colorado.

Boston, which slipped three games behind the front-running New York Yankees in the AL East, will now try to spoil Bumgarner's season debut.

The 20-year-old was scheduled to start for Triple-A Fresno on Friday, but was scratched from that outing. Joe Martinez was slated to start tonight for the Giants, but he hasn't started since June 15 and warmed up in the third inning of last night's game.

So, Bumgarner will go instead after posting a 7-1 mark and 3.16 ERA in 14 starts with Fresno this year. The left-hander, who was the 10th overall pick of the 2007 draft, pitched in four games with the Giants last year as a September call-up, posting a 1.80 ERA without a decision.

Only one of those outings was a start and that game came on Sept. 8 versus the Padres. Bumgarner gave up two runs over 5 1/3 innings.

Like he did with Fresno, Buster Posey is slated to catch his former minor league teammate tonight. Posey, who had three hits in last night's game, made 32 of his 47 appearances in Triple-A this year behind the plate, but has made just one start at catcher with the Giants since his call-up on May 29.

The Red Sox swept a three-game series from the Giants when these teams met in Boston during the 2007 season. However, San Francisco won two of the three meetings between the clubs held at AT&T Park in 2004.

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