PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- Boston Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz believes he's on track to make his return to the rotation on Sept. 10 against Tampa Bay in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Buchholz pitched 3 1/3 innings Friday night for Triple-A Pawtucket at McCoy Stadium in his second of three scheduled minor league rehab starts. Facing the Syracuse Chiefs, he threw 53 pitches (34 strikes), allowing one earned run on seven hits with no walks and two strikeouts.
"I felt really good," he said. "Tonight I was much more impressed with the velocity that I was able to sustain over the period I was out there, and getting over that hump of not really worrying about anything when I'm trying to get a fastball down and away to a righty and have something on it."