Saturday's Red Sox-Blue Jays matchups: Clay Buchholz vs. Mark Buehrle

September 21, 2013 - 5:11 am
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The Red Sox' final regular-season series at Fenway Park will continue on Saturday night, as Clay Buchholz will get the call for Boston opposite Mark Buehrle and the Blue Jays in the second game of the three-game series. Buchholz (11-0, 1.51 ERA) will be making his third straight start after missing three months with neck and shoulder issues. Despite spending almost half of the season on the disabled list, Buchholz has yet to really show any rust, as the right-hander has allowed only one run and five hits over 11 innings since returning to the rotation. Buchholz was effective in his last start Sunday night against the Yankees, holding New York to two hits and one run over six solid innings. "It's fun to play ball when things are going right," Buchholz said after the game. "That's how this team's been all year. To run back out there two starts in a row, that's what I want to do. That's where I want to be." The last time Buchholz faced off against Toronto was on May. The Texas native put together a great performance in the start, holding the Jays to two runs over eight innings. Despite Buchholz's effort, the Red Sox would eventually lose the game by a score of 3-2 after Jays first baseman Adam Lind hit a go-ahead home run in the ninth inning off Sox reliever Junichi Tazawa. In 16 career starts against Toronto, Buchholz is 9-4 with a 2.41 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP. Traded from the Marlins to the Blue Jays on Nov. 19 of last year, Buehrle (11-9, 4.17 ERA) has overcome early season struggles (6.35 ERA in April) to become one of Toronto's most reliable starters for most of the year. However, the left-hander has struggled in his last few starts, as he has compiled a 7.04 ERA in three September starts. Strangely enough, the 14-year veteran has struck out batters at an unusually high rate. Buehrle'€™s 6.2 K/9 ratio is his career high as a starter and a full strikeout higher than his career figure (5.2). In his last start against Boston on Aug. 15, Buehrle was dominant, holding the potent Sox lineup to just one earned run over seven innings of work. In four starts against Boston this year, Buehrle has registered a 3.71 ERA, a 1.388 WHIP and a 1-1 record. On Sunday, he took a loss at home vs. the Orioles after allowing three runs (two earned) in five innings, to go with six hits and three walks. Blue Jays vs. Buchholz (RHP) Adam Lind (43 plate appearances): .325 BA/.349 OBP/.525 SLG, 2 home runs, 7 strikeouts J.P. Arencibia (18): .000/.000/.000, 5 strikeouts Brett Lawrie (18): .063/.118/.063, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts Rajai Davis (17): .143/.294/.143, 3 walks, 3 strikeouts Colby Rasmus (14): .200/.385/.200, 1 RBI, 2 walks Anthony Gose (7): .429/.429/.429, 3 singles Jose Reyes (6): .333/.333/.667, 1 triple Munenori Kawasaki (5): .200/.200/.200, 1 strikeout Moises Sierra (3): .333/.333/.333, 2 strikeouts Mark DeRosa, Ryan Goins,  Mike Nickeas, Kevin Pillar and Josh Thole have not faced Buchholz. Red Sox vs. Buehrle (LHP)  David Ortiz (75 plate appearances): .343 BA/.387 OBP/.600 SLG, 3 home runs, 13 RBIs Dustin Pedroia (36): .364/.400/.455, 3 doubles Jonny Gomes (30): .320/.400/.480, 2 doubles, 3 RBIs Jacoby Ellsbury (24): .273/.333/.409, 1 triple, 1 RBI Mike Napoli (22): .211/.273/.368, 1 home run, 6 strikeouts Shane Victorino (22): .238/.227/.429, 1 double, 2 RBIs John McDonald (20): .200/.200/.200, 1 RBI, 2 strikeouts Will Middlebrooks (14): .462/.500/.538, 1 double, 3 strikeouts David Ross (11): .200/.273/.200, 1 RBI, 2 strikeouts Stephen Drew (9): .250/.333/.625, 1 home run, 2 RBIs Daniel Nava (9): .444/.444/.889, 1 home run, 1 RBI Ryan Lavarnway (6): .500/.500/.667, 1 RBI Jarrod Saltalamacchia (3): .000/.000/.000 Brandon Snyder (3): .333/.333/.667, 1 double, 2 RBIs Quintin Berry, Xander Bogaerts, Jackie Bradley Jr., Mike Carp and Brock Holt have not faced Buehrle.

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