With the help of an inattentive Ichiro, who was caught napping after his leadoff single, Clay Buchholz breezed through the first inning, after being touched for a total of five first inning runs in his previous two starts.
Ichiro led off by lining a single just past Jed Lowrie, but wasn’t paying attention when he took a walking lead and was picked off.
Buchholz proceeded to strike out the next two hitters, Jose Lopez and Raul Ibanez.
Sox did not cash in on back to back walks to Dustin Pedroia and J.D. Drew, so it was scoreless after one.
There are trade rumors swirling through the Sox clubhouse. Some players are amused by the notion of planting false rumors, hoping to make reporters look stupid–Lance Berkman to the Rays fit in that category–but there may be a legit one involving the Sox. We’ll keep you posted.