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Red Sox minor lines: Improvement from Clay Buchholz

After a very shaky start in Lowell, Clay Buchholz saw marked improvement in his second rehab appearance.

Jim Rogash

Pawtucket W 2-1

Box Score

Jackie Bradley Jr.: 0-4, K
Ryan Lavarnway: 0-4, E
Bryce Brentz: 1-4, K, E
Brock Holt: 1-4, 3 K, E
Jeremy Hazelbaker: 0-3, 3 K

Clay Buchholz: 3.1 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
Alex Wilson: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
Anthony Ranaudo: 4 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K

Just so it doesn't get lost in the focus on Clay: an excellent bounce-back from Anthony Ranaudo, who seems to be incredible two-thirds of the time, and then just have spontaneous implosion nights.

Now on to the main attraction, if you will. Seven hits looks like a lot, yes? Except they were almost exclusively on the ground, finding ways through an infield defense of, from left-to-right, Brandon Snyder - Brock Holt - Justin Henry - Mark Hamilton. Yikes! Buchholz can be forgiven for some of the knocks, then, and there's no forgiveness needed for not walking everyone this time around.

Portland W 8-1

Box Score

Garin Cecchini: 1-3, BB, SB
Christian Vazquez: 2-3, 2B, BB, K
Michael Almanzar: 2-4, HR
Travis Shaw: 2-4, 2B, HR, K
Deven Marrero: 0-3, BB

Noe Ramirez: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K

Last game is the only game in recent memory in which Garin Cecchini hasn't drawn a walk. He's got 91 of them on the year.

Salem W 8-2

Box Score

Henry Ramos: 2-3, 2B, 3B
Blake Swihart: 1-4, K
Cody Koback: 2-3

Brian Johnson: 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K

After benefiting from the magic of the post-promotion debut that's been present throughout Boston's system this year, Johnson's second outing in Salem isn't quite so impressive. He'll need to adjust and move on quickly in 2014--he's going to turn 23 during the offseason.

Greenville Game 1 L 4-5 (In 7)

Box Score

Kendrick Perkins: 1-2, SB, CS
Jose Vinicio: 1-3, 2B, POCS

Greenville Game 2 L 2-5 (In 7)

Box Score

Kendrick Perkins: 2-3, 2B, A
Jose Vinicio: 0-3, 3 K

Cody Kukuk: 5.1 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 9 K

Cody Kukuk goes from gem to disaster in the span of the sixth. Not far away from "lefty with a pulse" territory.

Lowell W 3-1

Box Score

Forrestt Allday: 1-3, K
Manuel Margot: 0-4, K
Williams Jerez: 0-1
Tzzu-Wei Lin: 1-3, 2 K, E

Corey Littrell: 4 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K

GCL Red Sox W 3-0

Box Score

Nick Longhi: 1-4, HR, 2 K

Myles Smith: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K

It took Nick Longhi some 16 games to hit his first professional home run, and then one day to hit his second. It would be akin to Jackie Bradley Jr. if he were doing anything else.

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