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Buchholz throws bullpen

Greetings from Fenway Park, where the Red Sox (62-37) will host the Kansas City Royals (42-59) tonight.

LHP Jon Lester will be coming off the disabled list to make his first start since July 5, which is good news.

Even better news, we presume, was the sight of Clay Buchholz, on the DL since June 17 because of a lower back strain, throwing a bullpen session under the watchful eyes of manager Terry Francona, pitching coach Curt Young and head athletic trainer Mike Reinold.

Buchholz warmed up with some flat-ground long tosses before moving into the bullpen, where he worked for about 10 minutes, throwing 30 pitches before wrapping up the session.

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Buchholz said he felt “80 percent” and went through his complete repretoire of pitches, focusing mostly on his fastballs.

“He did really well,” Francona said. “He said it was like night and day from his last side session, which was good news. The ball was coming out of his hand great. If you watched him thrown, you would never believe that he’s missed time.

“He felt a little stretching, which I think is a lot better than feeling pain.”

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