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Clay Buchholz is ready for a repeat performance

Posted by Steve Silva, Boston.com Staff  February 17, 2011 04:33 AM

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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox starting pitcher Clay Buchholz said he'd like to build on the success he had last season and knows what it takes to be in the Cy Young conversation again this year.

"I'd like to throw 30-35 more innings," Buchholz said on Wednesday. "I think that will take care of itself, going deeper into games and staying healthy. That's what everybody wants to do. I'd like to go out and pitch 7-8 innings every game, every start and give up as few runs as you can. I think that's the name of the game, just go out and try to help the team to win every time out."

The young righthander said he was honored just to be in the Cy Young Award conversation last season.

"It's big," Buchholz said about being in the mix with the best pitchers in the American League in 2010. "That's not a category that every pitcher gets to be put in so I definitely feel honored to be looked at in that way but at the same time I know the guys that were in the conversation with it last year, they're in there every year so it's something that you have to repeat and that's what I'm trying to do."

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