Clay Daniel Buchholz. Signed by Jim Robinson (Red Sox). Married to Lindsay Clubine...The couple has two daughters, Colbi and Landri. Pitched at Angelina (TX) Junior College...Selected 2005 Region 14-East Conference Player of the Year, going 12-1 with a 1.05 ERA (10 ER/85.2 IP) in 15 starts...Earned first-team all-district and all-state honors...Fanned 129 batters in 85.2 innings...Also saw time in the outfield...Helped lead the Roadrunners to a No. 11 ranking in the National Junior College Athletic Association. Graduated from Lumberton (TX) High School in 2003.
Established a career high in games (37)...Went 6-8, 5.01 ERA (65 ER, 116.2 IP), 46 BB, 80 SO in 21 starts (9-12 team record)...Was 2-2 with a 3.57 ERA (9 ER, 22.2 IP) and .198 OPP AVG in 16 relief appearances...Held RHH to a .222 AVG (59-266), 4th-lowest among qualifying AL pitchers...In 19 appearances (8 GS) after the All-Star break, went 5-1, 3.22 ERA (21 ER, 58.2 IP)...Did not allow a run in 5 straight appearances, 7/27-8/10 (6.1 IP)...Went 4-0, 2.63 ERA (12 ER, 41.0 IP) over his final 7 starts of the season, 8/18-9/28; allowed 2 runs or fewer in at least 6.0 innings in 6 of those outings and 1 or fewer runs in 5 of them...Struck out a season-high 9 batters over 6.1 innings, 8/23 at TB...BOS won 6 of his final 8 starts, including 5 of his last 6...Allowed only 1 run in 13.0 IP (0.69 ERA) over his final 2 starts of the season...Started Game 3 of the ALDS vs CLE (4.0 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, BB, 4 SO); was his 1st loss in 6 career postseason starts
Opening Day starter was limited to 18 starts due to a right elbow strain...Led team and ranked among AL leaders (min. 100.0 IP) with a 3.26 ERA (9th), 1.8 BB/9.0 IP (8th), 8.5 SO/9.0 IP (15th), and 4.7 SO/BB (9th). Was placed on the 15-day DL with a right elbow strain on 7/11 and missed the remainder of the season... Was transferred to the 60-day DL on 7/28. At the time of his injury, ranked 10th in the AL with 107 SO and 4th with 0.5 HR/9.0 IP (min. 50.0 IP). Made 1st career Opening Day start on 4/6 at PHI (W, 7.0 IP, 0 R, 9 SO)...Became the 1st BOS pitcher to win his 1st career Opening Day start since Pedro Martinez on 4/1/98 at OAK...Joined Martinez as the only Red Sox pitchers since 1944 to throw at least 7.0 scoreless IP in their 1st career Opening Day start. Held the opposition scoreless for a season-long 15.1 frames from 5/26-6/7. Posted a 2.02 ERA (17 ER/75.2 IP) in his final 11 starts from 5/15-7/10, lowering his season ERA from 5.73 to 3.26...During that span, ranked among AL qualifiers in ERA (5th, 2.02), IP (5th, 75.2), SO/BB (2nd, 6.4), BB/9.0 IP (2nd, 1.2), and HR/9.0 IP (4th, 0.4). Had a 1.99 ERA (11 ER/49.2 IP) in a 5-game win streak over 7 starts from 6/2-7/4, which ended with an injury-shortened loss on 7/10 vs. NYY. Won 4 straight starts from 6/18-7/4, posting a 0.87 ERA (3 ER/31.0 IP)...Became the 1st Red Sox pitcher with 4 straight wins of 7.0+ IP and 1 or no ER since Pedro Martinez and Tim Wakefield did it in 2002. Threw his 9th career complete game and the team's 1st of the season on 7/4 vs. HOU (6 H, 1 ER, 8 SO). Posted a 2.89 ERA (17 ER/53.0 IP) in 8 starts on the road, including 1.69 (8 ER/42.2 IP) in his final 6 road outings. Allowed just 6 HR in 113.1 IP...Went a career-long 8 starts (57.0 IP) without allowing a homer from 5/26- 7/4 before surrendering a roundtripper to Alex Rodriguez in his final game. Did not allow an ER in 2 Interleague starts (4/6 at PHI and 6/18 at ATL)...Posted a .173 opponent AVG and a 0.79 WHIP over 14.0 innings in those outings. Paired with catcher Sandy Leon for 14 of his 18 starts, posting a 2.48 ERA (26 ER/94.1 IP) in those outings. Had 2016 contract option exercised on 11/3.
Led the Red Sox with 28 starts and 170.1 innings despite missing nearly a month on the DL...Went 8-11 with a 5.34 ERA (101 ER/170.1 IP), his highest ERA since 2008 (6.75)...11 losses were a career-high...Struck out a career-high 132 batters and had a career-best 2.9 BB/9.0 IP ratio (54 BB)...Had team-best ERA (4.14) and opponent AVG (.246) in 14 starts on the road compared to a 6.64 ERA and .302 opponent AVG in 14 home starts...Threw the 5th and 6th shutouts of his career on 7/13 at HOU and 8/31 at TB...Was the 1st Red Sox starter to throw multiple shutouts in a season since Josh Beckett in 2009 (also 2)...Tied for the 2nd-most shutouts in the AL, 1 shy of DET's Rick Porcello (3)...Surrendered 17 HR on the season for a rate of 0.90 HR/9.0 IP...Was the best rate among qualifying BOS starters and ranked 22nd in the AL...Started 10 games from the beginning of the season until being placed on the DL on 5/28 (retro to 5/27) with a hyperextended left knee...Activated from the DL on 6/25...From that date through the end of the season, held opponents to a .240 AVG/.300 OBP/.373 SLG...Issued 1 walk total in his first 5 starts after the DL stint, from 6/25-7/18 (35.2 IP), posting a 3.28 ERA in that time...Blanked the Astros over 9.0 innings of 3-hit ball on 7/13, fanning a career-high 12 batters with no walks...Was the 1st BOS pitcher with at least 12 SO and 0 BB in a shutout since Hideo Nomo on 5/25/01 vs. TOR (14 SO, 0 BB)...Started and earned the win in BOS' last game before the All-Star break (7/13 at HOU) and the club's 1st game after the break (7/18 vs. KC)...Became the 1st Red Sox starter to win consecutive team games since Don Schwall in 1961 around that year's 1st All-Star break (7/9-G2 and 7/13)...Did not allow a HR over a season-high 5-start stretch from 8/20-9/11 (3-1, 3.25 ERA, 36.0 IP)...On 8/31 at TB, delivered a 3-hit, no-walk complete game shutout on 98 pitches...Faced only 2 batters over the minimum thanks to a DP...Underwent successful meniscus surgery on his right knee on 9/30.
Finished the season with a 12-1 record...His .917 winning percentage led all major leaguers with at least 10 decisions… BOS was 14-2 (.875) in his 16 outings. Held opponents to 2 runs or less in 14 of his 16 starts…In the other 2 starts he allowed 4 runs (5/6 vs. MIN in 6.0 IP) and 3 runs (9/27 at BAL in 7.0 IP). Among all ML pitchers with a minimum of 100.0 IP, he led in ERA, opponents SLG (.277), and opponents OPS (.546)… Ranked 3rd in opponent AVG (.199), opponent OBP (.270) and WHIP (1.02). His ERA (1.744) was the 2nd-lowest ERA for a Red Sox pitcher with a minimum of 100.0 IP in the Live Ball era (since 1920), trailing only Pedro Martinez's 1.742 ERA (42 ER/217.0 IP) in 2000 which was the last AL pitcher with a mark that low (min. 100.0 IP). Was his 2nd season with an ERA below 2.50 (2.33 in 2010)...Became 1 of 3 ML pitchers since 2010, and the only AL pitcher, to have 2 seasons of at least 100.0 innings with an sub-2.50 ERA, joining Roy Halladay (2.44 in 2010, 2.35 in 2011) and Clayton Kershaw (2.28 in 2011, 1.83 in 2013). Allowed 4 HR in 108.1 IP (0.33 HR/9.0 IP), the lowest rate by an American Leaguer with at least 100.0 IP since Roy Halladay in 2001 (0.26 with TOR). Surrendered 1 HR to a right-handed batter (Adam Jones on 9/27)...Faced 184 right-handed batters, the most righties faced in a season by a Red Sox with 1 HR or none allowed since Pedro Martinez in 2003 (0 HR, 300 BFP). Finished the season with a 1.99 ERA (13 ER/57.1 IP) in 9 starts at Fenway, the best rate among American Leaguers with at least 50.0 IP at home, and the lowest mark for a Red Sox at Fenway since Pedro Martinez in 2000 (1.84 ERA, 20 ER/98.0 IP). Allowed 7 ER in 45.0 IP (1.40 ERA) on the road, the 2nd-lowest ERA among MLB hurlers with at least 45.0 innings. Named AL Pitcher of the Month for April, his 2nd career monthly award (Aug. 2010)...Led the AL with a 1.19 ERA (5 ER/37.2 IP) and T-1st with 5 wins in 5 GS...Was the 4th Red Sox to win 5 games in an April, 1st since Josh Beckett in 2007 (5-0). Had an 11-game win streak to begin the season, the 2nd longest in MLB on the year behind only Max Scherzer (13-Games)...it was tied for the 2nd-longest win streak to begin a season by a Red Sox since at least 1916 (also Roger Moret in 1973), trailing only Roger Clemens' 14-gamer in 1986. Was the 2nd Red Sox all-time to have at least 11 wins and no losses in his 1st 14 starts of a season, joining Clemens (13-0 in 1986)...Was the 1st Sox since Clemens (14-0 in 1986) to start a season 11-0. Had a season-long 22.0-inning scoreless streak from the 5th inning of his 4/3 season debut until the 5th inning on 4/20 vs. KC...It was the longest single-season stretch by a Red Sox starter since his career-long 26.0-inning scoreless streak from 8/11-28/10. Went at least 7.0 innings in his first 10 starts, his 2nd-longest such streak after a 12-gamer from 5/27-8/16/12. Was credited with a 2-hit SHO in the Red Sox' rain-shortened 3-0 victory in 5.0 innings on 6/2 at Yankee Stadium. Did not allow a HR for a career-long 7 games from his season debut on 4/3 until 5/11...Was the 1st Sox starter to allow no more than 1 HR while pitching at least 6.0 innings in each of his 1st 8 starts of a season since Pedro Martinez in 2001. Had a 1.01 ERA (5 ER/44.2 IP) through his 1st 6 starts, the lowest by a Sox since Roger Clemens' 0.73 ERA in 1991 (Source: Elias)...Each outing was a quality start...Was the 2nd ML pitcher since 1987 to beg n a season with 6 straight starts of 7.0-plus IP and 2 runs or fewer (also Clemens' 1st 7 GS in 1991).
Tied for Red Sox lead with 11 wins and set career highs in starts (29), complete games(2), innings (189.1), and strikeouts (129)...Named Red Sox Pitcher of the Year by the BBWAA.Over his last 20 starts of the season beginning 5/27, his 3.41 ERA (53 ER/140.0 IP) ranked 8th among ALpitchers with at least 130.0 innings...Also placed among that group in opponent AVG (5th, .236), opponent OBP (7th, .294), opponent SLG (9th, .382), and opponent OPS (9th, .676) beginning 5/27.Induced a career-high 27 double plays (previous 24 in 2010), tied with Jon Lester and TEX's Matt Harrison for2nd in the majors after TOR's Henderson Alvarez (30).Hit a career-high 12 batters, tied for the 4th most in the AL...Ranked 10th in the AL with 64 walks...Also set a career high with 25 homers allowed, but 19 of those were solo shots.Did not factor in the decisions 5 times when going at least 7.0 innings and allowing 1 earned run or fewer...Was the most such no-decisions by a Red Sox starter in a season since Pedro Martinez in 2003 (5).Held opponents to a .221 AVG (45-for-204) in their 3rd plate appearance of a game compared to .294 (69-for-235) in their 1st PA and .274 (61-for-223) in their 2nd PA.Ranked 9th in the AL with 5.42 runs of support per 9.0 innings (114 RS/189.1 IP), including the 2nd-best markamong ML qualifiers in the 1st half (7.71 mark)...Received just 3.50 runs of support per 9.0 IP after the break.Became the 3rd Red Sox ever to start 6 times against TB in a season, joining Curt Schilling (2006) and Tim Wakefield (2007)...Posted a 1-3 record and 3.99 ERA (17 ER/38.1 IP) in those contests.With 7 runs allowed on 4/8 at DET, snapped a streak of 42 consecutive starts since the beginning of 2010 without giving up more than 5 earned runs...It was the longest streak by a Red Sox starter since Roger Clemensdid it in 53 games from 5/7/85-5/27/87.Allowed 5 or more earned runs in each of his 1st 6 starts of the season from 4/8-5/11...Was the longest such streak for a Sox pitcher at any point in a season since Red Ruffing did it 8 straight times in 1925 (6/27-7/28).Took the loss on 4/20 vs. NYY, snapping a career-long 11-start undefeated streak from 5/2/11-4/14/12...It wasthe longest unbeaten streak for a Red Sox starter since Jon Lester went 11 starts from 4/23-6/16/10.Matched a career high with 5 walks on 4/30 vs. OAK, snapping a career-high streak of 14 starts since 4/26/11 with 3 walks or less...Also walked 5 on 9/15 at TOR.Held right-handed batters to a .243 AVG (67-for-276) with 8 home runs in 22 starts from 5/16 to the end of the season, after opposing right-handers hit .345 (19-for-55) with 5 homers over his 1st 7 starts from 4/8-5/11...Gave up 2 earned runs or less over 7.0 or more innings in 9 of 11 starts from 5/27-8/10 (2.08 ERA), including a 4-game streak from 5/27-6/12 (1.45 ERA) and a 5-game streak from 7/19-8/10 (1.15 ERA)...Was the 1st Red Sox with multiple 4-game streaks of 2 ER or less and 7.0 innings or more in a season since Pedro Martinez in 2003.Averaged 7.53 innings per start over 12 outings from 5/27-8/16 (2.19 ERA), the most in a 12-game span by a Red Sox pitcher since Pedro Martinez from 7/23-9/20/00 (7.58)...Went at least 6.0 innings in all 12 starts during that stretch, the longest streak of his career...Went 7-1 with a 2.19 ERA (22 ER/90.1 IP) during the 12-gamestretch, the 3rd-best ERA in the majors after TB's David Price (2.16) and SEA's Felix Hernandez (2.18).Went at least 8.0 innings in back-to-back games for the 1st time in his career on 6/1 at TOR (8.0 IP) and 6/7 at MIA (9.0 IP)...Achieved the feat again on 8/10 at CLE (9.0 IP) and 8/16 at BAL (8.0 IP).Pitched a complete-game shutout over BAL on 6/7, the 3rd of his career, all against the O's...Tossed his 2nd complete-game win of the season on 8/10 at CLE.Placed on the 15-day disabled list on 6/24 (retro to 6/20) due to stomach illness...Made 1 rehab start for Triple-A Pawtucket on 7/8, throwing 2.1 scoreless innings...Activated from the DL on 7/14.Went 3-0 with a 1.53 ERA (8 ER/47.0 IP) over 6 starts from 7/19-8/16, the 6th-best ERA in the majors over that span...Held opponents to 3 earned runs or less over at least 7.0 innings in each of those starts, the longest suchstreak of his career and the longest by a Red Sox since Tim Wakefield did it in 7 straight starts from 5/28-7/1/08.Appeared in his 100th career game on 8/22 vs. LAA...Tied for 5th-most wins by a Red Sox pitcher in his 1st100 appearances since 1916 with 46 victories...Made his 100th major league start on 9/3 at SEA.
Posted a 3.48 ERA but was limited to 14 starts due to a stress fracture in his lumbar spine. Was placed on the 15-day disabled list on 6/19 (retro to 6/17) with a lower back strain and did not pitch for the remainder of the season. ... Was transferred to the 60-day DL on 7/31. ...Was activated prior to the Sox final game on 9/28 but did not appear in the contest. Held left-handers to a .241 clip (39-for-162), a .305 OBP and a .401 SLG...Limited right-handers to a .242 AVG (37-for-153), .314 OBP and .392 SLG...Opposing batters in the 1st lineup spot hit just .143 (6-for-42) with a .217 OBP, both of which were third lowest in the AL among hurlers with at least 40 such batters faced. Pitched to a .152 clip (10-for-66) with runners in scoring position, tied for 4th best in the AL (min. 60 BF). ... His .231 opponent OBP in that situation tied for 2nd best among that group. Compiled a 3.20 ERA (18 ER/50.2 IP) in 8 road starts compared to a 3.94 mark (14 ER/32.0 IP) at home. Took a 5-1 loss at TEX on 4/3 in his season debut, allowing four runs on five hits over 6.1 innings, with all four runs on solo homers. ... Became the first Red Sox pitcher to surrender at least four home runs on five hits or less since Ellis Kinder on 9/1/1952 at NYY (5 H, 4 HR). ... Walked three or fewer batters in each of his last 10 starts beginning 4/26, including a career-high stretch of two walks or less in nine straight starts from 4/26-6/10. Ranked fifth in the AL with a 2.08 ERA (9 ER/39.0 IP) in six May starts (min. 25.0 IP)...Went 3-0 with 29 strikeouts and 8 walks in the month.Closed out his season with a career-long, 9-game undefeated streak from 5/2-6/16, allowing 2 runs or less in seven of those games. ... During that time, went 5-0 and ranked among AL leaders in wins (T-4th), ERA (6th, 2.59 ERA), opponent AVG (7th, .204) and WHIP (9th, 1.02). Pitched 5.0 scoreless innings for the win on 5/7 vs. MIN, including 3.0 frames after a rain delay of two hours and seven minutes. ... Combined with four other Sox pitchers in the 4-0 team shutout. Fanned a season-high seven batters in back-to-back starts on 5/13 at NYY and 5/18 vs. DET, both 7.0-inning outings...Pitched a season-high 7.1 innings in his next start, 5/23 at CLE. On 4/10, signed a four-year contract extension through the 2015 season with club options for 2016 and 2017.
Earned Red Sox Pitcher of the Year honors along with Jon Lester from the Boston Chapter of the BBWAA...Are the 1st pair of Sox hurlers to share the award since Bill Lee and Luis Tiant in 1973.Placed 6th in American League Cy Young Award voting (2, 3rd place votes; 5, 4th and 4, 5th).Was the 2010 recipient of the BoSox Club Man of the Year Award, chosen not only for his contributions to thesuccess of the Red Sox but also for his cooperation and efforts in community endeavors.Named an All-Star for the 1st time in his career, selected by the Player Ballot...Did not pitch in the game atAngel Stadium due to injury (left hamstring strain) but attended the festivities.Finished 2nd in the AL with a 2.33 ERA (45 ER/173.2 IP) after only Seattle's Felix Hernandez (2.27)...In thelive ball era (since 1920), only 4 Red Sox pitchers have finished a season with a better ERA: Tex Hughson (2.26in 1944), Luis Tiant (1.91 in 1972), Roger Clemens (1.93 in 1990) and Pedro Martinez (2.07 in 1999, 1.74 in2000, 2.26 in 2002 and 2.22 in 2003).Also ranked among AL leaders in wins (T-7th, 17), winning percentage (4th, .708, 17-7), opponent battingaverage against (7th, .226) and opponent slugging (2nd, .312).Led the AL and placed 3rd in the Majors with a 2.45 ERA (25 ER/92.0 IP) on the road (Philadelphia's RoyOswalt, 2.22 and Los Angeles' Clayton Kershaw, 2.43)...Was 10-3 in 15 starts away from home, tied for 2nd inthe Majors for road wins (6 others), behind only teammate Jon Lester's 11.Posted a team-best 2.20 home ERA (20 ER/81.2 IP) in 13 starts at Fenway Park (7-4), 6th among AL leaders.Paced the Majors with a 1.97 ERA (29 ER/132.2 IP) in night games...14 night wins tied for most in the AL withteammate Jon Lester...Only Philadelphia's Roy Halladay (16) had more in the Majors.Finished 3rd on the staff with 19 quality starts (at least 6.0 IP/3 or fewer ER)...Had a quality start in each ofhis 19 outings of at least 6.0 innings, going 14-2 in those starts.Started 5 of Boston's 9 shutouts, including his 2nd career, complete-game shutout (also 2007 no-hitter), an11-0 win at BAL on 6/4 (9.0 IP, 5 H, BB, 2 K)...2 K's in that game were the fewest by a Sox pitcher in a shutoutsince Danny Darwin had 2 on 8/18/93 vs. CWS.Made a team-high 6 starts with at least 8.0 IP and 2 runs or fewer allowed, 10th most in the AL...The lastSox pitcher with more such starts was Pedro Martinez with 10 in 2002.Tied for 2nd in the AL with 9 starts in which he allowed 0 earned runs (also teammate Jon Lester and Oakland'sGio Gonzalez), behind only Oakland's Trevor Cahill (10)...Tied with Seattle's Felix Hernandez for the MLlead with 17 starts allowing no more than 1 ER...The last Sox hurler to have more 0 ER starts in a season wasPedro Martinez with 10 in 2003...Martinez was also the last Boston pitcher with more starts of 1 ER or fewerin a campaign with 20 in 2003.Held opponents to a Major League-best .161 clip with RISP (22-for-137)...Did not allow a home run in 137at-bats with RISP, the most in the Majors without surrendering a long ball.Received a 5.65 run support average per 9.0 innings (109 R/173.2IP), 2nd highest on the team (Lester, 5.71) and 6th in the AL.Allowed just 9 homers over his 173.2 IP, the 3rd-fewest home runsper 9.0 IP in the AL (0.47)...Went a career-high, 6 straight starts (36.1IP) without giving up a HR from 5/29-6/26 (threw 39.1 homerlessframes overall from the 5th inning on 5/24 through the 1st on 7/21).Produced 263 ground balls compared to 147 fly balls for a 1.79ground ball/fly ball ratio, the 9th-best mark in the AL, 2nd on theteam behind Jon Lester (1.93).Went 6-2 with a 1.46 ERA (11 ER/67.2 IP) in 10 starts against ALEast foes, including 5-0 with a 1.18 mark (6 ER/45.2 IP) in 6 roadstarts against AL East rivals.Posted a 2.45 ERA (25 ER/92.0 IP) in the 1st half, the best markby a Boston pitcher at the break since Pedro Martinez in 2003 (2.36)...Tallied a 2.20 ERA (20 ER/81.2 IP) in the2nd half, the lowest for a Sox starter after the break since Martinez's 2.04 mark in 2003.Lost to Tampa Bay, 6-5, on 4/17 despite not allowing an earned run (5.0 IP, 4 R), becoming the 1st Red Soxstarter to suffer a loss without allowing an ER since Casey Fossum on 8/8/03 (4 R in a 4-2 loss vs. BAL).Recorded a career-high 10 strikeouts in a 3-0 losing effort vs. TEX on 4/22 (6.2 IP, 3 R/ER)...At 25 years, 251days old, became the club's youngest righty to fan 10 or more in a game since Aaron Sele (23 years, 95 days)had 11 on 9/28/93 vs. DET (G1).Tossed career-high 117 pitches in 2-1 win at TOR on 4/27 (8.0 IP, 1 R/ER), 2 more than his no-hitter on 9/1/07 at BAL.Threw 18.0 straight scoreless innings from the 5th inning on 5/24 at TB through the 9th on 6/4 at BAL.11-0 loss at CLE on 6/9 (7.0 IP, 3 R/ER) was his 1st on the road since 8/8/09 at NYY, snapping a streak of winsin 9 straight road starts from 8/19/09-6/4/10...Posted a ML-best 1.53 road ERA (10 ER/59.0 IP) in that span(min. 30 IP)...Roger Clemens is the only other pitcher in Sox history to win at least 9 straight road starts, doingit 3 times (last, 7/18/92-4/20/93).Earned a decision in each of his 1st 14 starts (10-4), joining Tim Wakefield (1st 26 in 2007) and Pedro Martinez(1st 18 in 1999) as the only Red Sox pitchers over the last 35 seasons to earn a decision in at least each of their1st 14 starts of a season...Stretch ended with a no-decision on 6/26 at SF when he left in the top of the 2ndinning of the Sox 4-2 win after suffering a left hamstring strain running the bases.Placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain on 7/5 (retroactive to 6/27)...Made 1 rehabstart for Triple-A Pawtucket at Syracuse (WSH) on 7/16, allowing 2 runs on 4 hits (1 HR) and a walk with 2strikeouts over 3.2 IP...Activated from the DL on 7/21.Named AL Pitcher of the Month for August, his 1st career monthly honor...Went 4-0 with a 1.03 ERA (5 ER/43.2IP) and 28 K's in 6 starts during the month, placing 2nd in the Majors in ERA and ranking among AL leaders in wins(T-2nd) and innings (T-3rd)...Of his 4 wins in August, 3 were vs. AL East rivals (Blue Jays twice, Yankees)...Tossedat least 7.0 innings in 5 of 6 starts in the month and allowed no more than 1 earned run in 5 of the 6 outings.Tallied a career-high 7 straight quality starts, 7/26-8/28, going 5-0 with a 1.07 ERA (6 ER/50.2 IP) during thatspan...Went at least 7.0 innings in a career-high 5 straight starts, 7/26-8/17, at 4-0 with a 1.21 ERA (5 ER/37.1 IP).Notched career-high streaks of 26.0 scoreless innings (2nd inning, 8/11-6th, 8/28) and 30.1 innings withoutallowing an ER (6th, 8/6-7th, 8/28)...Both streaks were the longest for a Sox hurler since Pedro Martinez's35.0-inning scoreless run, 7/25-8/16/02...His 26.0-IP scoreless streak was the longest by an AL starter thisyear, 3rd longest in the AL overall (Chicago's J.J. Putz, 27.0 and Texas' Darren O'Day, 26.1)...Stretch included 3straight starts without an earned run, 8/11-22.Lasted just 1.0+ inning, yielding 5 runs in a 5-0 loss at OAK on 9/10, his shortest non-injury related start ofhis career.
Split the season between Triple-A Pawtucket and BOS...Established Major League career highs in wins (7), starts (16) and innings pitched (92.0)...Recalled 7/17 and made 1st Major League appearance of the season with a start that night at TOR...Earned first Big League win since 5/2/08 vs. TB with 5.2 innings of one-run ball...Optioned to Pawtucket 7/18 but did not pitch before being recalled again on 7/21 to replace an injured Tim Wakefield...Remained with the Red Sox for the rest of the season...Allowed 3 earned runs or less in 12 of 16 starts with BOS, including 2 or less on 10 occasions...Recorded career-high 9 quality starts (6.0 or more IP/3 or fewer ER), all in final 12 starts of the season...Induced 157 ground balls compared to 83 fly balls...Beginning when he made his season debut on 7/17, finished 4th in the AL in total ground balls...Also 4th with a 1.89 ground ball/fly ball ratio and 65.4 ground ballpercentage during that span...Sox scored 72 runs in his 92.0 innings, 2nd-highest total in Majors beginning 7/17 behind COL's Jorge De La Rosa(73)...Also 2nd in Majors in that time with avg. of 7.04 runs of support per 9.0 IP, trailing only De La Rosa (7.44)...Yielded 3 earned runs over back-to-back starts (13.0 IP) 8/8-13 but lost both as BOS was shut out...Marked 1st time Sox were shut out in back-to-back starts by a single pitcher since Frank Castillo, 5/16-5/22/02...Undefeated over 8 starts from 8/19-9/24, going 6-0 with a 2.44 ERA (14 ER/51.2 IP)...6 victories marked longest winning streak of his career and led the Majors during that span...7 quality starts in that time, including6 straight from 8/29-9/24...Tossed 15.0 consecutive scoreless innings over 3 starts from 9/3 (5th inning)-9/13 (6th inning)...2nd-longestcareer scoreless streak behind 16.0-frame stretch, 9/1-19/07...Matched team season high with 5 home runs allowed on 9/29 vs. TOR (also Beckett, 8/23 vs. NYY)...Began season with Pawtucket...Ranked among International League leaders in the 1st half in ERA (2nd,2.36), strikeouts (T-4th, 89) and innings (4th, 99.0)...Limited opponents to a .191 batting average (65-for-341) in 16 starts, tops among qualifying IL starters and 6th among all minor league starters in the 1st half...1 of 3 PawSox named to the IL All-Star team but did not attend due to call-up...Twice earned IL Pitcher of theWeek honors: 4/27-5/3 and again for 5/25-31...Named Boston's Minor League Pitcher of the Month for May after leading the IL with a 1.12 ERA (5 ER/40.1 IP)...Began the month with 22.1 consecutive scoreless innings, including 20.1 over his first 3 starts...Tossed a complete-game, 1-hit shutout at Louisville on 5/25...Retired 24 straight batters over the first 8.0innings before allowing a single to begin the 9th.
Made Boston's Opening Day roster for the first time and set career highs in games(16), starts (15), innings (76.0), walks (41) and strikeouts (72) despite 2 trips to the minors and astint on the 15-day disabled list from May 14-31 with a broken nail on his right middle finger.
HOT START: Turned in quality starts in 3 of his first 6 starts to begin the season going 2-2 with a3.71 ERA (14 ER/34.0 IP) in that time...Allowed 3 earned runs or less over 5.0 innings or more in5 of those contests, the only blemish being a 7-run, 3.2 inning start against the Yankees on April16 in New York...Fanned 33 batters in 34.0 frames through May 2, an average of 8.74 K's per 9.0innings, tops among A.L. qualifiers in that span...Only Cincinnati's Edinson Volquez (10.70), SanFrancisco's Tim Lincecum (9.91), San Diego's Randy Wolf (9.42) and St. Louis' Todd Wellemeyer(8.74) ranked higher in the majors during that stretch...Allowed 10 extra-base hits in 6 startsthrough May 2, tied for the A.L.'s 10th-lowest total in that time.
COMPLETE PACKAGE: Threw his 2nd career complete game on April 26 at Tampa Bay, his firstsince no-hitting Baltimore on September 1, 2007...Held the Rays to one hit through 7.0 inningsbefore allowing a pinch-hit single to Dioner Navarro and a 2-run homer to Akinori Iwamura totake the 2-1 loss...Went 8.0 innings overall, permitting 2 runs on 3 hits with 2 walks and 9 K's...Was his 2nd complete game in his 8th career start, becoming the first Red Sox pitcher to go thedistance twice within his first 10 big league appearances since Jeff Sellers (September 26, 1985and June 29, 1986)...Combined to allow 3 hits in his 2 career complete games...The last Sox hurlerto toss 2 complete games within his first 10 career games while allowing 3 hits or less in eachcontest was Don Aase (July 31, 1977 and September 5, 1977).
REST OF THE WAY : Did not get a win in his final 10 major league games (9 starts) of the season,going 0-7 with a 9.21 ERA (43 ER/42.0 IP) over 2 stints from May 7-August 20...With setbacks in 7consecutive decisions, was the longest losing streak by a Red Sox pitcher since Frank Castillo suffered8 straight losses over 10 starts from June 19-September 16, 2002...Lasted 5.0 innings or lessin 6 of his final 9 starts and in 8 starts overall, finishing with a 6.75 ERA (57 ER/76.0 IP).
INJURY REPORT: Landed on the 15-day disabled list for the first time in his career with a brokennail on his right middle finger on May 14...Sent to Triple-A Pawtucket on a minor league rehabassignment on May 25, going 0-0 with a 4.50 ERA (4 ER/8.0 IP) in 2 starts for the PawSox...Wasactivated on May 31 and optioned to Pawtucket.
WITH PAWTUCKET: In addition to his 2 rehab appearances, took the hill 7 more times for thePawSox, going 4-2 in 9 games, all starts, with a 2.47 ERA (12 ER/43.2 IP) overall...Posted wins in 4straight starts from June 14-30, allowing just one earned run in 22.2 innings for a 0.40 ERA in thatspan...Permitted 2 earned runs or less over 5.0 innings or more in 5 of his 9 Triple-A starts...Struckout an average of 8.86 batters (43 K's/43.2 IP) per 9.0 innings pitched at the Triple-A level.
WITH PORTLAND: Optioned to Portland on August 21, his first Double-A action since July 4, 2007,after allowing 5 runs over 2.1 innings for Boston the previous day in Baltimore...Limited NewHampshire to just 2 hits with one walk and 10 strikeouts over 8.0 scoreless frames in a 7-0 win onAugust 30...Retired the final 10 batters he faced...Started Game 2 of the Northern Division ChampionshipSeries on September 4 at Trenton...Gave up 3 runs on 6 hits and one walk with 9 K's in 6.0innings...Departed with the score tied at 3-3 and did not figure in the Sea Dogs' 4-3 loss.
ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE: Made 5 starts for the Scottsdale Scorpions of the Arizona Fall League,going 1-2 with a 3.86 ERA...Fanned 17 and walked 9 in 21.0 innings of work...Allowed one hit andone walk and struck out 4 over 5.0 scoreless innings in a 13-1 win at Surprise on October 16.
SUMMARY: Advanced from Double-A Portland to the major leagues, pitching a no-hitter in his2nd big league appearance...Earned Red Sox Minor League Pitcher of the Year honors for the 2ndstraight season after combining to go 8-5 with a 2.44 ERA and 171 strikeouts in 125.1 innings in 24games (23 starts) at Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket...Defeated the Los Angeles Angels in a spotstart in his major league debut on August 17 before going 2-1, 0.54 in 3 September appearances,including the 1st no-hitter ever by a Boston rookie.
MAJOR LEAGUE DEBUT: Had contract purchased from Pawtucket on August 17 and started daygame of split doubleheader versus the Angels at Fenway Park...Issued 8 hits and 4 runs (3 ER) in6.0 innings in an 8-4 victory...At 23 years, 3 days of age, was the youngest Red Sox pitcher to winhis ML debut as a starter since Juan Pena on May 8, 1999 (21 years, 315 days)...Daisuke Matsuzaka(April 5, 2007 at Kansas City) is the only other Sox pitcher to win his debut as a starter since Pena'seffort...Was the 3rd member of Boston's 2005 draft class to reach the majors, joining Craig Hansenand Jacoby Ellsbury...Was optioned to Pawtucket following that game.
TRIUMPHANT RETURN: Returned to Boston on September 1 and turned in one of the top pitchingperformances in club history that night against Baltimore at Fenway Park...Tossed a completegame, no-hit, 10-0 victory in just his 2nd major league start...Allowed 4 baserunners: hit by pitchto Nick Markakis in the 1st and walks to Kevin Millar and Aubrey Huff in the 5th and Brian Robertsin the 6th...Retired the final 11 batters in 115-pitch gem and recorded 9 strikeouts...Highlightsof the performance:
--Was the 17th official no-hitter in franchise history and the 1st since Derek Lowe, April 27, 2002versus Tampa Bay at Fenway Park.
--Was the 21st major league rookie and 1st in Red Sox history to pitch a no-hitter, 1st since Florida'sAnibal Sanchez, September 6, 2006 vs. Arizona and 1st A.L. rookie since Chicago's WilsonAlvarez, August 11, 1991 also vs. Baltimore.
--Was the 3rd pitcher since 1900 to throw a no-hitter in either his 1st or 2nd major league start,the 2nd pitcher to throw one in his 2nd major league game, joining Wilson Alvarez in 1991...Bobo Holloman threw a no-hitter in his 1st career start for the St. Louis Browns, May 6, 1953 vs.the Philadelphia A's but had pitched in relief prior to that start.
--At 23 years, 18 days, was the 3rd-youngest Red Sox pitcher to throw a no-hitter behind: JoeWood, 21 years, 277 days on July 29, 1911 vs. St. Louis and Dave Morehead, 23 years, 11 days onSeptember 16, 1965 against Cleveland.
--Was one of 3 no-hitters in majors in 2007: Chicago's Mark Buehrle (April 18 vs. Texas) and Detroit'sJustin Verlander (June 12 vs. Milwaukee).Became the 1st Red Sox rookie pitcher to win each of his 1st 2 major league starts since Juan Pena,May 8 and 14, 1999...His no-hitter was selected as the top single game performance in 2007 in fanballoting in mlb.com's This Year in Baseball Awards.
SCORELESS STREAK: Worked 3.0 scoreless innings in relief in his next appearance to win at Baltimoreon September 6...Matched the longest relief outing by a Red Sox pitcher in 2007...Extendedhis scoreless innings streak to 16.0 in start on September 19 at Toronto before permitting 2 runs inthe 5th...Took his 1st major league loss in that game, issuing 5 hits and 2 runs in 4.2 innings.Did not pitch after that start and was officially shut down for the remainder of the regular seasonand post-season on September 28 due to fatigue in his pitching shoulder...Held major league battersto a .184 average, .133 (4-30) vs. righthanders and .217 (10-46) against lefthanders.
MINOR LEAGUES: Led all of Minor League Baseball with an average of 12.34 strikeouts per 9innings and finished 4th in strikeouts at 171...Had the 5th lowest opponents batting averageat .191...In addition to winning Red Sox organization's minor league pitcher of the year award, shared Red Sox minor league player of the year honors with Jacoby Ellsbury in balloting of BostonBBWAA chapter...At season's end, was listed as thenumber 2 overall prospect, the top pitcher, in the RedSox according, according to Baseball America.
WITH PORTLAND: Spent the 1st half of the seasonwith the Sea Dogs and was leading Eastern Leaguewith a 1.77 ERA and 116 strikeouts at the time of hispromotion to Pawtucket...Posted a 7-2 record in 16games (15 starts) for Portland, including a 6-game (5starts) unbeaten stretch from June 8-July 4 to closehis stay with the Sea Dogs...Went 5-0 with a 1.91 ERA(6 ER/28.1 IP) in those 6 contests...Lost just once in hisfinal 15 outings (14 starts), going 7-1 with a 1.54 ERA(14 ER/82.0 IP)...With 116 strikeouts in 86.2 Double-Ainnings, averaged 12.0 K's per 9 innings, while holdingEastern League hitters to a .180 (55-305) battingaverage...Recorded 11 strikeouts or more in 4 of hisstarts, including a career-high 12 over 5.2 innings onJune 14 vs. Erie...Established a franchise record bystriking out 8 consecutive batters on May 11 vs. Binghamton...Made his 1st 15 outings of the season as astarter before working 1.1 innings out of the bullpento earn the win in his final game with the Sea Dogs onJune 4 at New Britain.
Pitched for USA Team in 2007 XM Satellite Radio All-Star Futures Game at AT&T Park in San Francisco on July 8...Struck out 2 and allowed a homerun in 1.0 inning of relief...Was selected to play in Eastern League All-Star Game but did notpitch...Was Red Sox minor league pitcher of the month for May after going 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA(6 ER/36.0 IP) and 51 strikeouts in 6 starts...Was named Double-A Eastern League Pitcher of theWeek for June 25-July 1 after going 1-0 with a 0.79 ERA (1 ER/11.1 IP) in 2 starts.
WITH PAWTUCKET: Was promoted from Portland on July 12 and went 1-3 with a 3.96 ERA (17ER/38.2 IP) in 8 starts for the PawSox, including an 0-2 record and 6.48 ERA (6 ER/8.1 IP) in 2 startsafter being optioned from Boston on August 17...Recorded 55 strikeouts in 38.2 innings, an averageof 12.8 K's per 9 innings...Fanned 9 or more in 4 of his 8 Triple-A starts...International Leaguebatters managed just a .221 batting average (32-145) against Buchholz...Struck out 9 over 5.0innings to earn his first Triple-A win on August 12 at Syracuse.
Named the Red Sox minor league pitcher of the year, going 11-4 with a 2.42 ERA (32ER/119.0 IP) in 24 starts at Single-A Greenville and Single-A Wilmington...Led Red Sox minorleaguers with 140 strikeouts, an average of 10.6 per 9 innings, and tied for lead with 11 wins...Afterpromotion to Greenville on August 15, was named the Carolina League's Pitcher of the Weekfor August 21-27, going 6.0 scoreless innings and fanning 10 to beat Myrtle Beach, 6-0, on August24...Finished August at 5-0 with a 1.14 ERA (4 ER/31.2 IP) and 43 strikeouts in 6 starts to earn RedSox minor league pitcher of the month honors...Won only post-season start for Wilmington onSeptember 6 at Frederick, allowing one run in 6.0 innings with 10 strikeouts.
Made his professional debut with short-season Single-A Lowell, going 0-1 with a 2.61 ERAin 15 starts...Had 45 strikeouts and walked only 9 in 41.1 innings, an average of 9.8 strikeouts andonly 1.96 walks per 9 innings...Limited opponents to a .219 batting average, including a .222 markby lefties and a .217 mark by righties...Ranked 3rd in the New York-Penn League with 15 starts...Finished his season strong, striking out 8 batters in 3.0 scoreless innings September 1 vs. Vermontand fanning 6 in 4.0 shutout frames September 6 at Oneonta...Was the 42nd overall player selectedin the June 1st Year Player Draft, taken by Boston with a sandwich pick between the 1stand 2nd rounds as compensation for free agent Pedro Martinez.