Buchholz will start Friday

Clay Buchholz will start for the Red Sox Friday night against the Blue Jays, the team’s first game after the All-Star break, Sox manager Terry Francona announced after this afternoon’s game at Fenway Park. With two Red Sox starters in the All-Star Game (Tim Wakefield and Josh Beckett), Francona said the plan is for Buchholz to make just one start with the big club.

After Buchholz’s start Friday, the rotation will continue with Brad Penny, Jon Lester, John Smoltz, Beckett, and Wakefield. Buchholz is 7-2 with a 2.36 ERA in 16 starts for Pawtucket.

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