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Goal for Red Sox’ Clay Buchholz: To pitch as an All-Star

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NEW YORK — Major League Baseball affixes little gold stars on the back of each player’s cap, one for each year he has been in the All-Star Game.

Clay Buchholz had two stars on his cap Tuesday night, a nice accomplishment for the 28-year-old. He made the All-Star team in 2010 and again this season.

“There are a lot of guys who have long careers and never get here. It’s special,” Buchholz said Tuesday. “I really appreciate being here. You have to treat it with respect because it doesn’t happen very often.”

Now the idea is to actually pitch in the game. Buchholz was unable to pitch in 2010 because of a hamstring injury and is out this season because of a sore shoulder.

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