Preview: Sox-Dodgers, Buchholz rehab start

Right-hander Jake Peavy and the Red Sox face lefty Chris Capuano and the Dodgers in Los Angeles on Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN (video preview above).

Meanwhile, Red Sox ace Clay Buchholz, who's been sidelined since June 8, is slated to make a rehab start for the Lowell Spinners three hours earlier, at 5 p.m. ET in Wappingers Falls, N.Y.

While many are billing the Sox-Dodgers series as a World Series preview, ESPNBoston.com's Gordon Edes thinks that Buchholz's health is the real key to Boston's postseason hopes.

CLICK HERE to read Edes' column, which examines the importance of Sunday's double dose of baseball action. Here's an excerpt:

Buchholz will be pitching for the short-season Class A Lowell Spinners, the team with which he began his pro career in 2005, against the Hudson Valley Renegades, who, in a fitting coincidence, are an affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays, the team which poses a clear and present danger to Boston's hopes of winning the AL East.

He is supposed to throw 45-50 pitches, which should take him through about three innings. Assuming all goes as planned, he will take the mound again Friday, at a minor league site to be determined. Triple-A Pawtucket and Double-A Portland are both scheduled to be home that night.

After that? Even if he's not ready to go deep into the night, Red Sox manager John Farrell suggested Buchholz could well start Fenway Park on Sept. 4 against the AL Central-leading Detroit Tigers, which would put him on track to make his next start Sept. 10 at Tropicana Field against the Rays.