Sox acquire Taylor Buchholz

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.

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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.