Buchholz demoted to Portland

BALTIMORE – Terry Francona announced after the game that Clay Buchholz, who allowed five runs over 2-1/3 innings in an 11-6 Sox loss to the Orioles was demoted to Double-A Portland to work out his pitching issues.

“I talked to Buck and we feel we need to give him a renewed start,” said Francona who also indicated he thinks Buchholz, now 2-9 with a 6.75 ERA will respond.

Buchholz has never been able to find his rhythm all season. The team has tinkered with his arm angle, but that hasn’t worked.

The team did not make a corresponding move yet. They take on the Jays Friday in Toronto.

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