It's so far so good for Clay Buchholz this spring, with the Sox' third starter getting stronger as the regular season draws ever nearer. He'll have a shot to continue improving today, as the Sox head to Sarasota to take on the Baltimore Orioles.
If Clay plans to leave with a win, however, he might need to pitch his best game yet, given the lineup he's got backing him up:
|BOSTON RED SOX||BALTIMORE ORIOLES|
|Nick Punto - 3B||Nolan Reimold - LF|
|Jose Iglesias - SS||Nick Johnson - 1B|
|Jarrod Saltalamacchia - C||Nick Markakis - RF|
|Darnell McDonald - CF||Adam Jones, CF|
|Josh Kroeger - LF||Matt Wieters - C|
|Lars Anderson - 1B||Mark Reynolds - 3B|
|Jason Repko - RF||Wilson Betemit - DH|
|Nate Spears - 2B||Steve Tolleson - 2B|
|Mauro Gomez - DH||Robert Andino - SS|
|SP -- Clay Buchholz||SP -- Jason Hammel|
Those of us in Boston (and perhaps anywhere not Baltimore) should be able to watch the game for free on MLB.tv. Those in Baltimore will have to actually turn on the channel.
Of course, all this comes with the caveat that MLB.tv has its blackout rules that can be damn near impossible to decipher. So all we can do is hope, I suppose.