John Farrell Names Clay Buchholz Red Sox’s Opening Day Starter

It shouldn’t come as much surprise, but Clay Buchholz will get the ball to start the 2015 season for the Boston Red Sox.

Red Sox manager John Farrell made the seemingly inevitable announcement Sunday morning, confirming Buchholz will start on Opening Day when the Red Sox visit the Philadelphia Phillies on April 6.

Buccholz is easily the longest-tenured member of the retooled Red Sox rotation. At 30 years old, he’s also the oldest starter on Boston’s staff.

Buchholz is looking for a bounce-back season after a very inconsistent 2014 campaign. The right-hander made 28 starts least season, posting an 8-11 record with a 5.34 ERA, but showed glimpses of brilliance with a pair of shutouts. The righty has had a solid spring training. Despite a rough outing Friday against the Atlanta Braves, Buchholz has a 3.60 ERA in four starts, allowing six earned runs on 21 hits in 15 innings of work. He also has 18 strikeouts to just three walks.

Veteran right-hander Rick Porcello will start the Sox’s second game of the season, and the third starter is still to be determined.

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