BOSTON -- Red Sox manager John Farrell was asked what the likelihood was, if any, that the Twins would call attention to the allegations made last week by Blue Jays broadcasters Jack Morris and Dirk Hayhurst that Clay Buchholz was throwing a spitter.
“If any, I guess, would probably be my response,’’ Farrell said. “I don’t know that they would. If they choose to, there’s nothing to be hidden, nothing to hide on Clay’s part. So we’re looking forward to Clay going out and pitching like he has all year so far.’’
Buchholz, who is 6-0 with a 1.01 ERA, has allowed two runs or fewer while pitching seven innings or more in each of his six starts this season. Since 1987, the only big-league pitcher who can match or exceed that performance is Roger Clemens, who did so in his first seven starts for the Red Sox in 1991.
Buchholz is 3-1 with a 4.25 ERA in five career starts against the Twins.
Before the game, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire joked with reporters that he hopes his pitcher, Vance Worley, pitches well enough to have his baseball inspected. Worley comes into the game with an 0-4 record and 7.22 ERA.