Red Sox RHP Clay Buchholz leaves start early with elbow tightness
Buchholz’s last pitch was an 84 MPH cutter to Stephen Drew. Afterward, he appeared uncomfortable on the mound and catcher Sandy Leon went out to meet him before gesturing to the dugout for manager John Farrell and a trainer.
Buchholz left for the clubhouse and was replaced by lefthander Robbie Ross.
Over 3 1/3 innings, Buchholz threw 59 pitches, allowing three runs (one earned) on six hits. He struck out six batters and walked zero; his lone earned run came on a solo home run by Alex Rodriguez in the first inning.
The Yankees led 1–0 after Rodriguez’s home run and scored three more runs after Buchholz left in the fourth. New York won the game 5–1 as Michael Pineda picked up his fifth win and Buchholz was tagged with the loss.
Buchholz entered the game 7–6 with a 3.27 ERA. He went 4–0 in June and posted a 2.21 ERA, and then won his first start this month when the Red Sox beat the Houston Astros 6–1 on the Fourth of July. Buchholz pitched a complete game, allowing one run on six hits while striking out eight and walking zero.
- Mike Fiammetta