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Buchholz Struggles, Sox Drop Another to Twins

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Clay Buchholz certainly isn't making a strong case for himself to be in the Red Sox's rotation come Opening Day.

Buchholz was hit for five earned runs in 1.2 innings of work on Tuesday against the Twins as the Sox dropped another, 7-2. He allowed four hits, three walks and struck out just two.

In more important yet still unimportant news, Dustin Pedroia left the game after the first inning after diving for a grounder. Word out of the press corps is that Pedroia has a sprained wrist but is doing all right. He will have an x-ray on Tuesday, but Terry Francona wasn't concerned with the injury after the game.

Hideki Okajima, Daniel Bard and Manny Delcarmen pitched and continued their strong springs by not allowing any runs. Jonathan Papelbon allowed a hit and a walk but struck out two in one innings. Ramon Ramirez gave up one run in 1.1 innings.

Sox play the Pirates at 1:05 p.m. Wednesday.