Red Sox ink Clay Buchholz to four-year contract extension

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Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz had a rough outing on Saturday afternoon against the Yankees, allowing eight hits and five runs before getting yanked in the middle of the fourth inning. That one rough patch hasn’t scared off the well-run Sox.

According to Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com, Buchholz agreed to a four-year contract extension on Sunday afternoon that carries a total value of around $30 million.

The deal will cover all three of his arbitration years and his first season of free agency. He’s making just over the league minimum this season.

Buchholz, 26, first made his way to the major leagues in 2007 and finished with a stellar 2.33 ERA and 1.20 WHIP last year. He has ace-like potential and should be a reliable starter for the Red Sox over the course of the new pact. Lefty Jon Lester signed a similar five-year, $30 million contract in March of 2009 and that has obviously worked out well. Boston will hope for more of the same with the right-handed Buchholz.

Joe Maddon: “I have a defensive foot fetish.”

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The Cubs’ defense — or lack thereof this year — has been a topic of conversation as it could help explain why the team hasn’t played at the elite level it played at last year.

Manager Joe Maddon tried to go into detail about that but ended up channeling his inner Rex Ryan. Via CSN Chicago’s Patrick Mooney.

Well then.

The Nationals have scored 62 runs during four Joe Ross starts

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If, in the future, Joe Ross ever complains about a lack of run support, point to his first four starts of the 2017 season.

Ross started on April 19 in Atlanta against the Braves, on April 25 in Colorado against the Rockies, on April 30 at home against the Mets, and on May 23 at home against the Mariners. In those games, the Nats’ offense scored 14, 15, 23, and 10 runs respectively for a total of 62 runs, or an average of 15.5 per start. Ross was the pitcher of record for seven, eight, 10, and 10 runs for a total of 35 runs (8.75 runs per start), which would still make him the major league leader in run support by that restrictive standard.

Among qualified starters — Ross did not qualify — entering Tuesday’s action, the Rockies’ Antonio Senzatela led the way according to ESPN, averaging 7.11 runs of support in nine starts. The Rockies scored double-digit runs in only three of those starts, oddly enough.

Per the Nationals, the 62 runs of support for Ross is a major league record in a pitcher’s first four starts of a season.