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World Series 2013: Clay Buchholz, Jake Peavy switch places in Red Sox rotation

Clay Buchholz and Jake Peavy will switch spots in Boston's World Series rotation.

Rob Carr

Clay Buchholz and Jake Peavy will swap spots in the Boston Red Sox' World Series rotation as Buchholz continues to deal with shoulder issues.

Swapping any pitcher into or out of the fourth spot in the rotation is the one switch that carries serious weight in the playoffs, since it means there's no chance for them to make a second start in the series except on short rest. For any other move, it's simply a matter of sequencing and matchups. This, though, means one more Jake Peavy start, one less Clay Buchholz one in which to win four games, even though said Game 7 may never come to pass.

It's not the most comfortable of changes for Red Sox fans. Clay Buchholz has been touch-and-go in his postseason starts thus far, but hasn't offered up a no-show quite on the level of Jake Peavy's Game 4 performance in the ALCS--three innings and seven runs on five hits and three walks.

Still, that's a very "what have you done for me lately" approach. Peavy shut down a deceptively dangerous Rays offense in Game 4 of the ALDS, after all, only being held to 5.2 innings thanks to an aggressive approach from John Farrell, who wanted to make sure that series did not get to a decisive Game 5. Add that to Buchholz' dipping velocity late in games, and it's understandable why the Red Sox would want to give him just one more big start to put everything behind.

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