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The Red Sox got above .500 when Daniel Bard took on Justin Verlander. I tell you this to remind you that stranger things have happened when I say that tonight to stay above .500 they have to win with Clay Buchholz on the mound.

Helping the situation tonight is that Buchholz actually has his best start of the year behind him--a legitimately strong effort against the Tampa Bay Rays--and is up against Henderson Alvarez, whose K/9 is simply unbelievable.


Clay Buchholz

#11 / Pitcher / Boston Red Sox

6-3

190

L

R

Aug 14, 1984

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2012 - Clay Buchholz 4-2 10 10 0 0 0 0 56.1 75 47 45 11 28 33 7.19 1.83



Henderson Alvarez

#37 / Pitcher / Toronto Blue Jays

6-0

190

R

R

Apr 18, 1990

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2012 - Henderson Alvarez 3-4 10 10 1 1 0 0 65.2 68 30 26 11 16 19 3.56 1.28


Lineup

BOSTON RED SOX TORONTO BLUE JAYS
Scott Podsednik, CF Kelly Johnson, 2B
Daniel Nava, LF Yunel Escobar, SS
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B Jose Bautista, RF
David Ortiz, DH Edwin Encarnacion, DH
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C Colby Rasmus, CF
Will Middlebrooks, 3B Brett Lawrie, 3B
Ryan Sweeney, RF J.P. Arencibia, C
Mike Aviles, SS David Cooper, 1B
Nick Punto, 2B Rajai Davis, LF

Go Sox!