Buchholz has been sidelined for almost a month with a left hamstring strain. He worked a quick rehab start Friday for Pawtucket and will give the Sox a much-needed boost, especially with the way Tuesday night's game went.
Boston lost all of a 4-0 lead and continued to leave runners on base before falling in 10 innings, 5-4. It was the club's ninth loss in 13 games and came on a night that both New York and Tampa Bay had been defeated.
Gio Gonzalez, one of four straight lefties the Sox will face through Friday, goes for the A's.
Red Sox (53-41) at Athletics (47-47)
Wednesday, July 21, 3:35 p.m.
Oakland-Alameda Coliseum, Oakland, Calif.
The Sox are 9-16 in Oakland over the last six seasons.
RHP Clay Buchholz (10-4, 2.45 ERA) vs. LHP Gio Gonzalez (8-6, 3.63 ERA)
It was early in a start at San Francisco on June 26 that Buchholz pulled up lame running the bases. The hamstring strain knocked him out for nearly a month and robbed him of an appearance in the All-Star game.
The Sox were careful in not rushing Buchholz back too early, but he said he felt ready to go after a rehab start last week with Pawtucket. He'll be hoping to pick up where he left off — the 25-year-old is 7-1 with a 1.59 ERA since May 14.
Buchholz is 5-1 with a 1.70 ERA on the road.
Roughly one year younger than Buchholz is Gonzalez, who is really coming into his own. He is 2-1 with a 2.05 ERA in his last five starts.
Gonzalez gave up three runs in five innings against Boston at Fenway Park on June 1.
|Darnell McDonald, LF
Jed Lowrie, SS
David Ortiz, DH
Kevin Youkilis, 1B
Adrian Beltre, 3B
J.D. Drew, RF
Mike Cameron, CF
Bill Hall, 2B
Dusty Brown, C
|Cliff Pennington, SS
Deric Barton, 1B
Kurt Suzuki, C
Jack Cust, DH
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B
Mark Ellis, 2B
Matt Watson, LF
Rajai Davis, RF
Coco Crisp, CF
Many observers labeled Buchholz the MVP of the Red Sox at the time of his injury. His return is no small development and may give the club what it needs to put a difficult loss in the rear-view mirror.
One thing Buchholz cannot count on is offensive support. Boston has now been held to five runs or less in 12 out of 13 games, including eight straight. It has scored four runs or fewer in the last seven.
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