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Clay on Friday?

Clay Buchholz
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Today, Red Sox rookie phenom, Clay Buchholz turns 23. Friday, he could be making his first major league start for the Sox. On Sunday, Terry Francona said that he doesn’t plan on using both Josh Beckett and Curt Schilling for Friday’s day/night doubleheader vs. the Los Angeles Angels, thus opening the door for Buchholz to get the call. He would not divulge anymore about his plans.

“We’ll figure it out when we’re ready to figure it out,” said Francona. “Some of it depends on how we get there. There’s more than one factor.”

Getting Clay up to Boston would be a huge boost for the Sox who have been struggling mightily lately. The No. 2 Sox prospect, according to Baseball America, Buchholz has four plus pitches. This season, he has a record of 8-3 with a 2.15 ERA and 164:30 K-to-BB ratio between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket.

Personally, I’m hoping he starts the day game, since I have tickets to that one.

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