Jack Morris apologizes to Buchholz

BOSTON -- Blue Jays broadcaster Jack Morris, who last week in Toronto said Clay Buchholz was throwing a spitball after watching video of the right-hander's performance, said he sought out the Red Sox pitcher and spoke to him before Friday night's game at Fenway Park.

"I told him I was sorry that I had taken attention away from what he was doing -- that's not what I was trying to do," said Morris, who won 254 games in the big leagues. "I told him to have fun with it.

"We're cool. He was cool with it. That's all that matters to me. As long as he's cool with it, I don't care what anyone else thinks."

Morris previously had said last week that he didn't notice anything unusual during Buchholz's May 1 start, a 10-1 Red Sox victory, but that a subsequent video review convinced him that Buchholz was throwing a spitball. Former major league pitcher Dirk Hayhurst, now a broadcast analyst for the Blue Jays, told Toronto radio station "Sportsnet 590 The Fan" that Buchholz was "absolutely" cheating.

The accusations were immediately and vigorously disputed by the Red Sox, including manager John Farrell and Buchholz, who said it's the first time he's been accused of throwing a spitball.

Buchholz was named the AL Pitcher of the Month for April, going 5-0. He improved to 6-0 after the May 1 victory in Toronto, and allowed four runs in six innings in a no-decision in his only start since.

"I'm doing the same thing right now as I did in 2008 when I was sent down to Double-A," Buchholz said last week. "But I guess something's got to be wrong, right?"