By Dan Hickling, Globe Correspondent
PORTLAND, Maine -- Checking in from Hadlock Field, where, tonight, Clay Buchholz will begin process of rediscovering his command and confidence.
Buchholz will be facing the New Britain Rock Cats (Minnesota), which as a team is batting .264 (in the middle of the Eastern League pack) and whose leading hitter is CF Steve Tolleson (.311). Also in the line up is 3B Toby Gardenhire (.270), son of Minnesota skipper Ron Gardenhire.
There is no particular pitch count to limit Buchholz, whose promotion from Portland a year ago led to the elevation of Justin Masterson.
One other thing...by coincidence, happy or otherwise, tonight had long been pegged as "Clay Buchholz Bobble-head Night."
"We were trying to figure out the odds of this happening," said Portland GM Charlie Eshbach.
More to come...