Clay Buchholz
Clay Buchholz

Clay Buchholz (SP,RP)

Boston Red Sox - 14% owned
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Clay Buchholz will move to the bullpen when Eduardo Rodriguez (hamstring) returns to the starting rotation Sunday against the Royals. (Source: Brain MacPherson on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Buchholz deserved his original demotion to the bullpen back a few months ago but he has turned things around after the All-Star break. Over the second half he has a 3.00 ERA over 11 appearances. in that time with two strong starts over the last week. If he can get back into the rotation he could be a good pickup for fantasy teams needing pitching for their stretch run.

Clay Buchholz allowed three runs on three hits, struck out one and walked three over 4.1 innings in a no-decision against the Diamondbacks on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: With Steven Wright missing his turn in the rotation, the Red Sox needed Buchholz to make a spot start on Saturday. He pitched well enough to keep the team in the game and they eventually won. Expect the righty to go back to the bullpen unless there is a start that opens up. Buchholz is not fantasy relevant in any league.

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Clay Buchholz will work out of the bullpen for the time being, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports. The Red Sox are giving Eduardo Rodriguez a shot in the rotation Saturday after previously sending him down before the break. (Source: Pete Abraham on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Buchholz deserves the move to the bullpen as he has been awful as a starter for Boston this season. He comes out of the All-Star break with a 3-9 record, 5.91 ERA, and 1.49 WHIP. He should be dropped if he is lingering on anyone's fantasy roster.

The Red Sox plan to use Clay Buchholz as their fifth starter coming out of the All-Star break while Sean O'Sullivan (knee) is sidelined. (Source: Ian Browne on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Red Sox cannot be too thrilled to have to move Buchholz back into the rotation. They will not need him as a fifth starter until July 23rd so they may have found an alternative by then. Buchholz is 3-9 on the season with a 5.91 ERA and 1.49 WHIP and should not be owned in fantasy leagues.

Clay Buchholz allowed six runs (three earned) on seven hits and one walk while striking out one over 4.1 innings in Boston's embarrassing 21-2 loss to the Angles on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: Buccholz was quoted after the game as saying this was not a bad start as he only gave up three earned runs. But it was a short outing for the righty and his ERA is 6.17 ERA in three starts since rejoining the rotation. And he has given up 17 homers in just 80.2 innings this season. Buchholz has been bad and should not be owned and is in danger of losing his rotation spot once again.

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Clay Buchholz (3-8) allowed five runs, four of which were earned, on seven hits and five walks while striking out three over 5.1 innings to take the loss Sunday at the Rangers.

Fantasy Impact: Buchholz has allowed seven earned runs in 10.1 innings of work over two starts since rejoining the Red Sox rotation. He may not get many more opportunities to stay in the rotation if he continues at this pace. He will get another chance to start on Saturday against the Angels.

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Clay Buchholz gave up three runs on four hits and a walk with five strikeouts over five innings in a loss Tuesday to the White Sox. Buchholz will remain in the rotation, manager John Farrell confirmed after Tuesday's game against the White Sox Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports. (Source: Providence Journal)

Fantasy Impact: Buchholz started off the game shaky but he was able to turn things around retired 11 of the final 12 batters he faced. This outing was able to earn him another start with the Red Sox but does not make him worth picking up in fantasy leagues. Buchholz will need to string some quality starts together before he can be trusted by owners.

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Clay Buchholz will start Wednesday against the White Sox, Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald reports. Buchholz has worked out of the bullpen recently but will be making his first start since May 26 when he gave up six runs over just five innings of work. (Source: Michael Silverman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Since being sent to the bullpen, Buchholz has pitched in a long relief role. He has not impressed in that role either except for a three-inning stint on Thursday when he struck out four batters. Hold off on picking up Buchholz for now in fantasy leagues. This could be a one start trial and it would be good to see how he performs.

Clay Buchholz allowed two hits and struck out four in three scoreless relief innings in Thursday's loss to the Orioles.

Fantasy Impact: Buchholz will need a few more performances like Thursday's relief appearance to win a job back in the starting rotation. But with Eduardo Rodriguez struggling there could be an opportunity for Buchholz to become a starter soon.

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Clay Buchholz has lost his spot in Boston's rotation and he will be replaced by Eduardo Rodriguez, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.

Fantasy Impact: With a 2-5 record, 6.35 ERA and 1.46 WHIP after 10 starts this season, Buchholz earned the demotion to the bullpen. Unless your fantasy league rewards long relief pitchers, Buchholz should be dropped.

Clay Buchholz (2-5) only lasted five innings against Colorado on Thursday, allowing six runs and seven hits while fanning two. Buchholz may have his next turn in the rotation skipped after the tough start Thursday against the Rockies, Ian Browne of reports. (Source: Iam Browne on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Buchholz has been extremely frustrating for Red Sox fans and fantasy owners as the talented pitcher is now 2-5 on the season with a 6.35 ERA and 1.46 WHIP. With Eduardo Rodriguez ready to come off the DL the Sox will need to make a move in the rotation and Buchholz will probably be the guy to lose his spot. Do not be surprised if he ends up with an "injury" and gets a DL stint to get things right. In the meantime, Buchholz owners should be on the waiver wire finding his replacement.

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Clay Buchholz allowed four runs (three earned) on five hits and four walks while striking out three in Friday night's 4-2 loss to Cleveland.

Fantasy Impact: The struggles for Buchholz continues. The three earned runs actually helped to lower Buchholz's ERA on the season. He had problems in Friday's game against the Indians with his control and walked four batters and only striking out three. For the season, Buchholz is now 2-4 with a 5.92 ERA and 1.47 WHIP.

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The Red Sox have confirmed that Clay Buchholz will remain in the team's rotation, set to make his next start on Friday. (Source: Jason Mastrodonato on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Buchholz will get another shot to turn things around, though his time could be running out with Joe Kelly and Eduardo Rodriguez both returning from injury in the near future. Buchholz has struggled mightily this season, posting an ugly 6.11 ERA and 1.47 WHIP over eight starts. He's also only struck out 32 batters in 45 2/3 innings.

Buchholz got knocked around on Saturday in a no-decision against the Astros, surrendering seven hits, five runs, and three walks in six innings of work.

Fantasy Impact: Buchholz is in jeopardy of losing his spot in the Red Sox starting rotation. He has had a horrible start to the season and after eight starts, he has a 2-3 record with a 6.11 ERA. It sounds like he may get another shot at starting on Friday against the Indians, but a poor performance could see him end up in the bullpen.

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Clay Buchholz, who will start on Saturday against Houston, is not in jeopardy of losing his rotation spot, according to manager John Farrell, the Boston Globe reports. Farrell hasn't gone as far as to say Buchholz's start on Saturday is pivotal for his future in the rotation, but the manager does have a decision looming. (Source: Boston Globe)

Fantasy Impact: The Red Sox have Eduardo Rodriguez and Joe Kelly coming back from injuries and should be joining the rotation at some point meaning there will be two pitchers losing a spot in the rotation. Buchholz is 2-3 with a 5.90 ERA and 1.44 WHIP on the season and has struggled to avoid big innings. If he does not pitch well in Saturday's start, he could see a DL stint to try to get things right.

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Clay Buchholz allowed four runs on six hits and two walks while striking out two in five innings, but picked up his second win of the season in Monday night's win over Oakland.

Fantasy Impact: Buchholz was fortunate to get the win as the Red Sox offense came through against Sonny Gray and the A's. He is now 2-3 on the season with a 5.90 ERA and a WHIP of 1.44. If those numbers continue, Buchholz could lose a spot in the rotation when Joe Kelly and Eduardo Rodriguez come back from injury.

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Clay Buchholz (1-3) finally picked up a win in his sixth start of the year on Wednesday, holding the White Sox to two runs on just three hits over seven innings. He struck out six and walked two.

Fantasy Impact: Buchholz has started off the year horribly, giving up 20 runs on 31 hits in 27.2 innings. He has been dropped in many fantasy leagues and those who held onto him did not trust him on Wednesday against the White Sox. This was a solid game for Buchholz, but he will need a couple more good starts to gain the confidence to start him.

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Clay Buchholz struggled again on Thursday, allowing five runs on eight hits over 6 1/3 innings in a loss to the Braves.

Fantasy Impact: Buchholz has had a rough start to the season. He has given up five runs in four of his five starts and is now 0-3 with a 6.51 ERA and 1.59 WHIP. The fact that he got hit hard against a struggling Braves offense is not a good sign that he will turn things around anytime soon. He can be dropped as there should be better options on most fantasy waiver wires.

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Clay Buchholz didn't factor into the decision Monday against the Blue Jays, shutting out Toronto through 6 2/3 innings. He allowed six hits while striking out two and walking two.

Fantasy Impact: This is Buchholz's strongest start of the young season. He gave up 10 earned runs in his first two starts so Monday's performance was a welcome site for Buchholz owners. He is not a must-own in standard fantasy leagues but is a good pickup for spot starts.

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Clay Buchholz took the loss on Tuesday against the Orioles, as he allowed five runs on five hits and three walks over five innings. He struck out five. Buchholz gave up a pair of two-run home runs from J.J. Hardy and Mark Trumbo.

Fantasy Impact: Buchholz is off to a rough start this season. After two starts, Buchholz has given up three home runs and walked six batters, showing that Buchholz needs to improve on his control. Until he does, he his not a must-own in standard fantasy leagues and can be dropped if there is someone better out there.

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Clay Buchholz only lasted four innings against the Indians on Wednesday, allowing five runs on six hits and three walks while striking out four. He did not factor in the decision in the Red Sox's 7-6 loss.

Fantasy Impact: Buchholz was not particularly impressive in his first start of the year. He started off on the wrong foot giving up four runs in the first inning, highlighted by a Carlos Santana three-run homer on a bad pitch. It is just one game but Buchholz is droppable in standard leagues if there is someone worthwhile on the waiver wire.

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Clay Buchholz allowed one run on five hits and a walk while striking out five over 4.2 innings in his fourth start of camp Monday against the Cardinals.

Fantasy Impact: Buchholz has struggled in his previous starts so this outing was good to see. Buchholz current ADP is 253 so he could be a good value at the end of drafts if you need starting pitching.

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Clay Buchholz made his second spring start and allowed three runs on three hits and three walks while striking out two in four innings against the Twins. Buchholz had poor location early on, but felt he was better as the game progressed.

Fantasy Impact: Buchholz gave up four runs in his first start and has struggled a bit so far in the preseason. But it is spring training and the right-hander was unfazed by the results, and was pleased to throw his entire repertoire Wednesday and added that the Twins had only two hard-hit balls off him.

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Clay Buchholz allowed four runs (one earned) on three hits and three walks while striking out two in 1 1/3 innings against Baltimore on Sunday. He was not sharp, throwing more than half of his pitches outside the strike zone.

Fantasy Impact: Fantasy owners should never judge a player on their first spring training start. Buchholz has not pitched since July of last year and showed rust. It will take Buchholz a few starts to get into shape.

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Clay Buchholz will probably start the second game of the season, according to Red Sox manager John Farrell, reports. Buchholz was Boston's Opening Day starter last year, but that spot is obviously reserved for David Price in 2016. (Source: WEEI)

Fantasy Impact: Buchholz's season ended early last year due to an elbow injury. It looks like he is fully recovered from and ready to go this year. With that being said, Buchholz has a history of health issues. He can be a frustrating player to own for that fact. Keep that in mind when it comes time for fantasy drafts.

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The Red Sox have picked up Clay Buchholz's 2016 option that will pay the 31 year old starter $13 million. Because Boston chose to exercise the option another $13.5 million option was also triggered for the 2017 season. Buchholz finished 2015 with a 7-7 record tossing 113.1 innings to the tune of a 3.26 ERA. (Source: Ryan Hannable- WEEI)

Fantasy Impact: It doesn't come as much of a surprise that the Red Sox chose to keep Buchholz under contract for at least one more season. It has also been widely speculated that Buchholz could find himself in a different uniform in 2016 as new baseball chief Dave Dombrowski looks to tweak the Red Sox roster where ever possible. Regardless of where Buchholz winds up in 2016 he should only be drafted with the expectation that he will provide you with 100-130 innings of mostly above average starting pitching.

While nothing has been made official, Red Sox President Dave Dombrowski seemed to indicate that the team would exercise in one year, $13 million option on Clay Buchholz in 2016. Buchholz finished 2015 with a 7-7 record, 3.26 ERA and 107 strikeouts in 113.1 innings. The 30 year old last pitched on July 10th before being shut down with elbow soreness. (Source: John Tomase - WEEI)

Fantasy Impact: 2015 was a fair representation of what Clay Buchholz brings to the table. Occasional ace-like stuff mixed in with a few clunkers to produce an above average pitcher for about half of the season. While its likely that Boston will acquire at least one starting pitcher this off season, they are still well equipped depth wise to keep a guy like Buchholz in their rotation. For fantasy purpose its probably best to look at Buchholz as your own depth option as you'll be lucky to even get 150 innings out of him.

Clay Buchholz (elbow) could return before the end of the season. Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski late last month essentially ruled Buchholz out for the year, but it appears the righty still has a shot to make it back. Buchholz is currently throwing from 105 feet and will soon go to 120 feet before then trying things off a mound. (Source: Boston Herald)

Fantasy Impact: The is no real reason for the Red Sox to rush back Clay Buchholz to pitch at the end of the season. If he does come back it will be limited innings. Buchholz has no fantasy value for this year but will be someone to look at in deeper leagues in 2016.

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Clay Buchholz (elbow) will not return during the 2015 season, Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald reports. Buchholz was unlikely to pitch again this year, as he has yet to resume throwing since landing on the disabled list in July, but new president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski officially ruled out a return. (Source: Michael Silverman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Clay Buchholz is expected to start throwing next week though, and doesn't appear to be in jeopardy of missing the start of the 2016 season. But beware if you are picking up Buchholz for your fantasy team next year. Buchholz has a long injury history and has never made 30 starts in a season.

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Buchholz (elbow) has not yet resumed throwing, Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports. The right-hander received a favorable report after his follow-up visit with Dr. James Andrews last week, but has not yet received the green light to resume a throwing program. (Source: Tim Britton on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It does not look likely that Clay Buchholz will return this season. Boston has no real reason to rush him back and would be better off to give that starts to the young guys and have Buchholz come back fresh next year.

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Buchholz (elbow) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list on Tuesday, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports. (Source: Pete Abraham on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This move means that the earliest Clay Buccholz will be back will be on September 9. This is close to the end of many fantasy baseball seasons and if you need a roster spot then it is safe to drop Buccholz.

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Clay Buchholz (elbow) said a timeline for his return to a mound is "five to six weeks," reports. The right-hander received a platelet-rich plasma injection Wednesday when Buchholz visited with Dr. James Andrews. He added that he'll start throwing a baseball again in a couple of weeks. (Source: WEEI)

Fantasy Impact: With this news it sounds like the best case scenario is Clay Buchholz will be back on the mound for the Red Sox in September. And that is if everything goes right.

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Clay Buchholz (elbow) received a PRP injection from Dr. James Andrews during Wednesday's visit, which will shut him down for the time being, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports. Manager John Farrell does not believe Buchholz's season to be over, however. (Source: Pete Abraham on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This means Buchholz's throwing program will be put on hold for now. It is hard to tell when he will come back but it sounds like he will be back this season. If you own him and have DL spots then hold onto him but he is droppable if you need roster space.

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Clay Buchholz (elbow) said he plans to see Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday for a second opinion, Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston reports. (Source: Gordon Edes on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Red Sox are calling this a precautionary visit and is being done to give them and Clay Buchholz peace of mind. Buchholz had elbow soreness in his last start before the All-Star break and was placed on the DL.

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Clay Buchholz (elbow), who was placed on the disabled list with a flexor strain Saturday, will be shut down from throwing for at least one week, CSN New England's Sean McAdam reports. (Source: Sean McAdam on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: When owning Clay Buchholz, owners should expect two things. A bout of inconsistency and a trip to the DL. And last night an elbow injury is forcing Buccholz out for awhile. While it sounds like this injury could be serious, it looks to be a wait and see type of thing with the Red Sox shutting him down before he throws again. Owners will have to wait and see before seeing the progress of Buchholz.

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Clay Buchholz was dominant Monday in Toronto throwing eight innings. Buchholz allowed only one earned run on five hits and no walks while striking out five. The win brings Buchholz to an even 6-6 on the season.

Fantasy Impact: Over his last three starts Buchholz has thrown 22 innings while only allowing two earned runs. While he's only notched 15 strikeouts over that span, its hard to argue with the results. Buchholz is certainly worth starting as a mid-rotation option while he's on this current hot streak.

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Wednesday against the Orioles Clay Buchholz threw seven innings allowing one earned run on eight hits and one walk. Buchholz also struck out seven and earned the win thanks to Boston's five run sixth inning. Buchholz is now 5-6 on the year with a 3.68 ERA

Fantasy Impact: Aside from a few clunkers here and there, Buchholz has been a pretty reliable pitcher for the Red Sox this season. He is now averaging just a hair under a strikeout per inning and over his last seven starts is sporting an ERA of a 2.47. Buchholz is a fairly safe option as a mid rotation starter at this point, but steer clear of him in DFS if anyone other than Sandy Leon is catching him.

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Clay Buchholz earned a win Thursday in Atlanta when he tossed seven innings while only allowing two runs (0 ER). Buchholz scattered six hits and a walk. He also struck out three. The win brings Buchholz's record on the season to 4-6.

Fantasy Impact: Though he's been anything but a fantasy ace, Buchholz has quietly been putting together a fairly solid season. His 2015 ERA now stands at 3.87 while his ERA and WHIP over his last seven starts are 2.42 and 1.07 respectively. While his outings do tend fluctuate quite a bit in almost every regard, Buchholz is still some one worth having on your roster.

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Clay Buchholz snapped his four game streak of pitching at least seven innings and allowing two or fewer earned runs when he was roughed up by the Athletics on Sunday. Buchholz surrendered four earned runs on 10 hits and two walks in 4.2 innings while striking out four. He was however bailed out by the offense who scored seven runs in the bottom of the eighth to take him off the hook for the loss.

Fantasy Impact: As good as Buchholz had been in his previous four starts there was always the looming threat that the other foot was about to drop. While four ER in 4.2 innings is not necessarily a disaster, it sure isn't very helpful. Its more than fair to watch his next few starts before taking action on Buchholz one way or another.

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Clay Buccholz strikes out eight

Wed, Jun 3rd 10:18am EDT
By Chris McCoy

Clay Buccholz was dominant Tuesday night against the Twins throwing eight scoreless innings. He struck out eight while allowing only three hits and two walks. He exited after the eight inning having only thrown 92 pitches.

Fantasy Impact: Its easy to look at Clay Buccholz's Win/Loss record (3-6) and pass him right over as a fantasy option, but you may be doing so at your own peril as he is on a definite hot streak right now. In his last four starts Buccholz has pitches 30.2 innings while allowing only five runs and striking out 27. His ERA is now below 4.00 for the first time since its high water mark of 6.03 on May 4th. Buccholz always carries a certain degree of risk, but when he's hot he's as good as any pitcher in the game.

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Clay Buchholz, whose start Monday was rained out, will start Tuesday, ESPN Boston reports. (Source: ESPN Boston)

Fantasy Impact: Clay Buchholz has pitched well in his last four starts. This should continue with the match up against the Twins on Tuesday.

Clay Buchholz allowed two runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out four in 7.1 innings in Tuesday night's 2-1 loss to the Twins.

Fantasy Impact: After a rocky start to the year, Clay Buchholz has become a must start pitcher. In the last four games, Buchholz has a 2.17 ERA. The only thing missing is run support as the Red Sox have only scored three runs in his last three starts.

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Clay Buchholz pitched a gem Friday, striking out 11 in eight innings, allowing only two hits and one run in a no decision against the Mariners in a 2-1 loss.

Fantasy Impact: Clay Buchholz has to be one of the more frustrating pitchers for fantasy owners right now. It is hard to trust Buchholz as he mixes in blowups with his strong pitching performances. Owners do not know which Buchholz they are getting. Maybe this performance is the start of something good but I would be weary of starting him in his next turn against the Rangers on Wednesday.

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Clay Buchholz earned his first win since Opening Day, giving up three runs in 6 1/3 innings Sunday facing the Blue Jays.

Fantasy Impact: Clay Buchholz did not pitch his best game but pitched well enough to get the win on Sunday. He gave up seven hits and three walks with only three strikeouts. Buchholz on the season now has a disappointing 5.73 ERA with a 1.59 WHIP.

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Clay Buchholz was charged with five runs on nine hits and two walks while striking out seven in 6.1 innings in Monday night's loss to the Rays. It was his the fourth consecutive decision he's lost.

Fantasy Impact: Clay Buchholz's struggles continue as he got himself in a hole early and the Red Sox could not over come it. Buchholz is off to a rough start this year with four losses and a 6.03 ERA. He can be dropped in standard leagues.

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Clay Buchholz struggled Tuesday against the Jays, giving up five runs (four earned) on six hits and a walk over 2.2 innings.

Fantasy Impact: Clay Buchholz continues his Jekyll and Hyde start to the season following up last week's strong pitching performance with a short outing last night as he struggled against Toronto. He now has had three dominant starts and two forgetful outings so far this season.

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Clay Buchholz struck out 10 and walked three, allowing one run and two hits over six innings in a no-decision against the Rays on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: If you take out Clay Buchholz's brutal start against the Yankees in which he gave up 10 runs, his other three starts have been good. Hold onto Buchholz and hope that the Yankee game was just a bad day and see if he can continue to pitch like he has in his other three starts.

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Saturday against the Orioles, Clay Buchholz tossed six innings surrendering two earned runs on 11 hits and a walk. He also struck out seven.

Fantasy Impact: The part of Buchholz's line against the O's that stands out the most is the 11 hits allowed. With that kind of traffic on the bases its a minor miracle that only two runs crossed the plate. If you're a Buchholz owner and have a better option for next week you should consider leaving him on the bench. If you are looking at him on the waiver wire, you should look for a more consistent option.

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Clay Buchholz allowed 10 runs (nine earned) on nine hits and two walks while striking out two in Boston's loss to the Yankees on Sunday night.

Fantasy Impact: As dominant as Clay Buchholz was on Opening Day against the Phillies, he was awful Sunday against the Yankees giving up ten runs. Fantasy owners were hoping the Buchholz of 2013 was back and he was picked up in many leagues after his opening day performance. But Buchholz showed why it can be painful to own him with the performance on Sunday night. He is not a must own and can be dropped. Until he can prove consistency he is a streaming option at this point.

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Clay Buchholz carried his strong spring into the first start of the regular season fanning nine Phillies over seven innings. Buchholz did allow three hits and a walk without surrendering a single run.

Fantasy Impact: Buchholz looked like the 2013 version when he posted a 1.74 ERA in 16 games. If he slipped through the cracks in your draft hurry to the waiver wire before someone else snatches him up. Otherwise, watch his next start against the Yankees this weekend if you still remain unconvinced.

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The Red Sox Opening Day starter finished out his strong spring Wednesday in a slit-squad game against the Twins. Buchholz went 4 shutout innings allowing 6 hits and a walk while striking out 4. He lowered his spring ERA to 2.84 and regularly got his fastball into the mid 90's. (Source: John Tomase - WEEI)

Fantasy Impact: Buchholz is looking to rebound from a poor showing in 2014 when he posted a 5.34 ERA and 1.386 WHIP in 170.1 innings. It's certainly encouraging to hear that he is feeling better and that his velocity is back. A healthy Buchholz could be a very productive fantasy pitcher. However, even if Buchholz comes out the like 2013 version of himself (237 ERA+ in 108.1 IP) just remember that he has never thrown more than 190 innings in his career.

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"Clay Buchholz finally named Opening Day starter by the Red Sox" Peter Abraham @PeteAbe (Source: Peter Abraham via Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: If you were looking for an Ace for the Red Sox pitching staff, now you have one. Its no surprise that Buchholz was given the Opening Day start as he is the oldest and longest tenured member of Boston's starting 5. Buchholz has had a solid spring so far to the tune of a 3.60 ERA and 18 K's over 15 innings. If he finds some measure of consistency in 2015 he could provide solid pitching production for a late round pick.

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Friday against the Braves, Clay Buchholz pitched 5 innings allowing 4 ER on 12 hits. He struck out 6 batters while only walking one.

Fantasy Impact: Friday's start against the Braves was by far the worst for Buchholz this spring. However, there's still some good in there if you look for it. Thus far this spring Buchholz has 18 K's over 15 IP and he's only walked 3. Don't be afraid to bet on Buchholz, just make sure he comes at good price.

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Clay Buccholz struck out 6 Tuesday against the Braves in 4 innings of work. He also yielded 4 runs (2 ER) on 5 hits. *ER's updated to reflect a change in scoring.

Fantasy Impact: Those 2 ERs were the first that Buccholtz has allowed this spring, and the 6 strikeouts came without a single walk. Probably most encouraging was how Buccoltz attacked the strike zone pumping in pitch after pitch. Buccholz continues to represent a low cost option who could produce for your fantasy team in a big way.

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Clay Buchholz K's 2 in 3 innings

Thu, Mar 12th 3:06pm EDT
By Chris McCoy

Clay Buccholz pitched 3 scheduled innings Thursday on the road against the Pirates. He allowed 1 R (unearned) on 4 hits and a walk. Buccholtz also had 2 strike outs.

Fantasy Impact: Buccholtz has shown flashes of brilliance throughout his career, but only when he is healthy and his head is in the right place. While the latter is an awfully difficult thing to quantify, most reports out of Red Sox camp have Buccholtz resting firmly in his happy place. Despite the smirks and groans you'll get from drafting Buchholz this season, if you can grab him late enough in your draft he could be an absolute steal.

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Clay Buchholz pitching on Tuesday

Sat, Feb 28th 4:50pm EST
By John Aubin

Clay Buchholz is scheduled to throw Tuesday afternoon against Northeastern University. (Source: WEEI)

Fantasy Impact: Clay Buchholz and Rick Porcello will be the first two starters going for the Red Sox in exhibition season. They are scheduled to start on Tuesday against Northeastern. Buchholz has the inside track to be the opening day starter but that does not mean he is a true number one. Buchholz is the favorite more for his seniority than his performance on the field.

For the first time in his professional career, his performance in a single season will determine what kind of contract will be waiting for him the next year. Clay Buchholz, you see, is in the last guaranteed year of his current deal. The righty was locked up by the Red Sox via a four-year, $29.945 extension that carries a $13 million club option for 2016 and a 2017 club option for $13.5 million. Because of the deal Buchholz never got to experience arbitration, while also blowing through what would have been his free agent year in 2014 (earning $7.7 million). It's currently hard to argue the merits of Buchholz's decision to sign the deal so early in his big league tenure. That first year, after inking his deal, he suffered a stress fracture in his back. Then, in what would have been his contract year, he experienced the worst campaign of his career. (Source: WEEI)

Fantasy Impact: Clay Buchholz had a terrible fantasy season last year, dealing with minor injuries and finishing with a 5.34 earned run average. After the Red Sox shook up their staff, Buchholz has an opportunity to be the ace. He has had bouts of greatness in his career (1.74 earned run average in 2013) along with periods of inconsistency. It is hard to tell which Clay Buchholz will show up. But his current ADP makes him a no risk pick at the end of drafts. He could make a comeback this year being fully healthy and with a contract situation looming.