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Sox acquire Taylor Buchholz

Posted by Chad Finn, Globe Staff  November 15, 2010 02:31 PM

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The Red Sox have cornered the market on pitchers named Buchholz.

They announced they've claimed 29-year-old righthander Taylor Buchholz off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays. He was added to the 40-man roster and will likely compete for a role in the bullpen.

Buchholz -- a distant cousin of Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz -- went 1-0 with a 3.75 ERA in nine relief appearances (12 innings) between the Rockies and Blue Jays in 2010.

His best season by far was 2008, when he went 6-6 with a 2.17 ERA and a 0.95 WHIP in 63 appearances (66.1 innings) for the Rockies. He allowed just 45 hits while walking 18 and striking out 56.

He missed the entire 2009 season following Tommy John surgery.

In 135 appearances in the majors, Buchholz has a 4.39 ERA in 285 innings. He has has no discernable platoon split; over his career, righthanded hitters have a .713 OPS against him compared to .718 for lefties.

Buchholz debuted with the Astros in 2006 before joining the Rockies in '07.

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