Sunday's Red Sox-Yankees matchups: Clay Buchholz vs. Ivan Nova

September 15, 2013 - 5:26 am
Red Sox fans will get a second look at starting pitcher Clay Buchholz since his return from a three-month stint on the disabled list when he faces off against the Yankees and Ivan Nova on Sunday night at Fenway Park. Buchholz makes his second start since his extended absence due to a shoulder injury. His first start back went well, as Buchholz threw five shutout innings against the Rays on Sept. 10. The seven-year veteran struck out six batters and scattered just three hits, while dealing one walk. "A healthy Clay Buchholz is going to be a great addition," manager John Farrell said after Buchholz'€™s start. "He showed it tonight. To see him walk to the mound, I think it gave everybody a boost in confidence." Buchholz has enjoyed his best statistical season as a professional. He'€™s on pace to set career highs as a full-time starter in ERA (1.61), WHIP (1.007) and K/9 (8.8), and he holds a perfect 10-0 record. On May 6, Buchholz allowed four earned runs vs. the Twins. Buchholz has allowed two or less runs in his other 12 starts. Sunday will be Buchholz'€™s third start against New York this season. In his first start of the year, Buchholz threw seven strong innings in a 7-4 win at Yankee Stadium on April 3. He allowed just one run and struck out four. On June 4 in New York, he threw five shutout innings for his eighth win of the season. Nova (8-4, 3.17 ERA) will be looking for redemption after a rough start against Boston two outings ago. After throwing a complete-game shutout in his previous start, Nova lasted just four innings in a 9-8 loss on Sept. 5 at Yankee Stadium. This was Nova'€™s only start vs. Boston this season. In Nova's most recent outing, the Orioles touched him up for four runs in six innings on Sept. 10. Baltimore scored all four runs in the bottom of the fifth, backed by a two-run home run from slugger Chris Davis. On Aug. 31, Nova pitched his first career complete-game shutout against the same team. Overall, 2013 has been arguably his best year. Nova improved his ERA from 5.02 last season to a career-best 3.17 this year. Yankees vs. Buchholz (RHP) Vernon Wells (34 plate appearances): .226/.294/.258, 1 double, 2 RBIs, 3 walks, 3 strikeouts Robinson Cano (30): .414/.433/.655, 1 HR, 4 doubles, 1 walk, 1 strikeout Lyle Overbay (29): .280/.379/.320, 1 double, 1 RBI, 4 walks, 4 strikeouts Alex Rodriguez (26): .391/.423/.652, 2 HR, 6 RBIs, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts Curtis Granderson (20): .133/.350/.333, 1 HR, 2 RBIs, 5 walks, 7 strikeouts Brett Gardner (18): .118/.118/.118, 3 strikeouts Mark Reynolds (15): .273/.400/.636, 1 HR, 1 double, 2 RBIs, 2 walks, 5 strikeouts Ichiro Suzuki (13): .250/.308/.250, 1 walk, 1 strikeout Eduardo Nunez (3): .500/.667/.500, 1 walk Chris Stewart (2): .000/.000/.000 Austin Romine (1): 1.000/1.000/1.000 Brendan Ryan has one walk in three plate appearances against Buchholz. Alfonso Soriano, David Adams and Zolio Almonte have not faced Buchholz. Red Sox vs. Nova (RHP) David Ortiz (17): .357/.471/.643, 1 HR, 1 double, 3 RBIs, 3 walks Dustin Pedroia (11): .400/.455/.600, 2 doubles, 2 RBIs, 1 walk Daniel Nava (9): .143/.333/.143, 1 RBI, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts Jarrod Saltalamacchia (8): .000/.000/.000, 5 strikeouts Jacoby Ellsbury (8): .125/.125/.250, 1 double, 2 RBIs, 1 strikeout John McDonald (5): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout Mike Napoli (5): .000/.200/.000, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts Mike Carp (5): .333/.600/.333, 1 RBI, 2 walks Stephen Drew (4): .500/.500/1.500, 1 HR, 1 double, 1 strikeout Will Middlebrooks (2): 1.000/1.000/2.500, 1 HR, 1 RBI Ryan Lavarnway (2): .500/.500/.500 Shane Victorino (2): .000/.000/.000, 1 RBI David Ross, Brandon Snyder, Quintin Berry, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Jonny Gomes have not faced Buchholz.