April 15, 2013

On Baseball: Buchholz showing his evolution

By Kevin Thomas kthomas@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Buchholz said he was perfectly calm, unlike the 2007 experience when "I had the captain (Varitek) behind the plate and I didn't want to shake him off because I was scared of him.

"I was relaxed all the way through (Sunday). It's fun to go out there and pitch when all your pitches are working."

The sixth inning featured two walks, and Buchholz's pitch count spiked to 90. What if that count got too high?

"I certainly didn't want to be the guy walking out there (to take Buchholz out) with the no-hitter intact," Farrell said. "When you get into the 120s (in a pitch count), you start to push it pretty good."

If Buchholz got into the 120s with a no-hitter going, would Farrell have yanked him?

"I don't think we'll ever know, will we?" Farrell said, smiling.

In the top of the eighth, Buchholz threw a curve for a called strike to Johnson. He came back with another curve inside -- "a quality pitch," Farrell said. But Johnson got just enough of his bat on it and drove the ball into right field.

No no-no this time.

But there is still excitement. Unlike the giddiness over a rookie's no-hitter in 2007 -- which turned out to be his last start of the season -- there is genuine optimism for what Clay Buchholz can mean for this season, for this Red Sox team.

"Glad I could help the team win a game today," Buchholz said.

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