Clay Buchholz Relieved, Excited About New Contract Extension With Red Sox

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You could tell by the smile on Clay Buchholz's face that he was happy about his new long-term contract with the Red Sox.

The Sox' starter said he was both excited and relieved when he signed his four-year extension with the team on Sunday, a deal that includes club options for an additional two years, which could keep Buchholz in Boston through 2017.

Buchholz sat down with Peter Gammons before the Red Sox-Rays matchup on Monday evening, and said that signing an extension was a goal for himself and his family.

"It was definitely a situation that I wanted to be in for the last three years, pitching for a contract," Buchholz told Gammons.

The righty also talked about fellow starter Josh Beckett's recent success, and how the other pitchers in the rotation can feed off his solid performance against the Yankees.

"That's a big step for us," Buchholz said." To have one of our horses go out there and throw as well as he did. He does what old Josh Beckett usually does."

To hear more from Buchholz, check out the video above from Red Sox First Pitch.

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