ST. PETERSBURG, Fla – It was three months of tedious and frustrating baby-step throwing programs, rehab outings, setbacks, and daily updates.
Clay Buchholz finally broke through the curtain and onto the stage — a big one against David Price and the Tampa Bay Rays — with five scoreless innings Tuesday night in a 2-0 Red Sox win in Buchholz’s first major league start since June 8 because of shoulder/neck issues.
This, folks, is called the gravy on top, the icing on the cake.
This is the Sox acquiring an elite pitcher in September and there’s nothing anyone can do about it. Buchholz, now 10-0 with a 1.61 ERA, continued his trek to be baseball’s best pitcher. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.