Red Sox to (finally) call up Clay Buchholz

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The Clay Buchholz era is about to begin in Boston. Well, begin again anyway. I think it’s the third era for him:

In order to give their starters extra rest during the All-Star
break, the Red Sox will promote heralded prospect Clay Buchholz from
Triple-A Pawtucket to start Friday’s series opener in Toronto.

The 24-year-old right-hander is having a breakout season with the
PawSox, going 7-2 with a 2.36 ERA in 16 appearances. In 99 innings this
seaon, opponents were hitting just .188 against Buchholz, who has
registered 89 strikeouts, 30 walks and tossed one complete game.

Red Sox manager Terry Francona did not announce a corresponding
roster move on Sunday, but one will be made before Buchholz takes the
hill against the Blue Jays.

Probably a bunch of moves unless they plan on bringing up Buchholz for
a single start and sending him back down again. This is especially true
given that Jed Lowrie and Mike Lowell are about to be activated again
as well. Could the long-rumored Penny trade be afoot? Could they be
dealing Saito and moving Smoltz to the bullpen, which is probably where
he needs to be anyway?

No idea. But since there’s no baseball of consequence until Thursday, we have a lot of time to sit and wonder about it.

Chris Sale will start on Opening Day for Red Sox

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No surprise here: Chris Sale will start on Opening Day for the Red Sox, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. The Red Sox open the season on March 29 in Tampa Bay against the Rays. Sale will oppose Chris Archer.

Sale, 28, is the fifth different Opening Day starter the Red Sox have had in as many years, preceded by Rick Porcello, David Price, Clay Buchholz, and Jon Lester. Sale started on Opening Day for the White Sox in 2013, ’14, and ’16.

Sale finished second in AL Cy Young Award balloting last year and finished ninth for AL MVP. He went 17-8 with a 2.90 ERA and a 308/43 K/BB ratio in 214 1/3 innings. Sale and Clayton Kershaw (2015) are the only pitchers to strike out 300 or more batters in a season dating back to 2003.