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18 consecutive scoreless innings for Buchholz

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  April 14, 2013 07:59 PM

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A few Clay Buchholz notes:

• He has 19 strikeouts in his last two games, the best two-game total of his career.

• Buchholz has a 3.00 ERA in 27 starts dating back to last May 27.

• Buchholz is the first Red Sox pitcher to hold opponents to 1 run or fewer over at least seven innings in the first three outings of the season since once Pedro Martinez in 1998.

• Buchholz has thrown 18 consecutive shutout innings going back to the Yankees game on April 3. He has allowed seven hits and struck out 21 in those 18 innings.

Also:

• Dustin Pedroia (3 for 4 with a double) has reached base safely in all 11 games this season and 21 straight going back to last season. John Farrell said after the game that he thought it was the best Pedroia has looked at the plate.

• Stephen Drew is 1 for 13 since coming off the disabled list. He was credited with an RBI during that busy third inning, his first with the Red Sox.

• Jackie Bradley Jr. was back in the lineup and went 0 for 3. He is hitless in his last 17 at-bats with eight strikeouts and is down to .107 on the season. It seems inevitable that Bradley will be sent down once David Ortiz returns.

• The Sox have committed two errors all season, both coming in the outfield on Wednesday.

• The Sox have won 11 of their last 20 games against the Rays.

• Daniel Nava has reached base safely in 18 consecutive starts dating back to last Sept. 21.

• Players and coaches from both teams will wear No. 42 on Monday as Major League Baseball celebrates the legacy of Jackie Robinson, who broke baseball’s color line on April 15, 1947. The Sox also will wear 42 in Cleveland on Tuesday night. The Indians do not play on Monday.

• A group of 12 wounded veterans who will compete in the Boston Marathon on Monday in hand-cycled wheelchairs threw out the first pitch. The group, part of the Achilles Freedom Team, received a big ovation from the crowd and applause from the Sox players on the top step of the dugout as they left the field.

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