Buchholz Loses No Hit Bid in 8th


On Sunday afternoon, Clay Buchholz flirted with the second no-hitter of his career at Fenway Park. He carried that no-hitter into the eighth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays. Instead, Buchholz wound up going eight scoreless innings while striking out a career-high 11. He held the Rays hitless until he shattered Kelly Johnson’s bat with an 0-and-1 curveball to start the eighth. Johnson, who came into the game batting .182, was 0-for-9 lifetime against Buchholz and had been called out on strikes twice Sunday before that single. Buchholz will try to keep rolling next time out against the Royals in his next start.

 MLB News & Notes

  • Roy Halladay earned his 200th win of his career by throwing eight innings of one-run ball in Sunday's 2-1 win over the Marlins. This was a much needed victory for Halladay as he held the Marlins to  five hits.
  • Josh Hamilton went 3-for-4 with a home run, a triple, and three RBI in Sunday's 4-1 win over the Astros. Hamilton does appear to be getting back on track after striking out 13 times in the Angels' first eight games.
  • Johnny Cueto will be placed on the disabled list with a lat strain. It's tough news for the Reds and fantasy owners that have Cueto, but the news could have been much worse. Cueto will miss at least the next fifteen days and prospect Tony Cingrani to be called up to take Cueto's spot in the Reds' starting rotation.
  • St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny stated that Edward Mujica might be tried at closer after Mitchell Boggs was unable to close out the ninth inning on Sunday. Boggs has allowed eight earned in just 6 1/3 innings this season.
  • Jake Peavy threw seven innings of one-run ball and struck out 11 in Sunday's 3-1 victory over the Indians.
  • Ryan Madson (elbow) threw a 40-pitch bullpen session on Sunday and reported feeling fine. Madson will travel with the Angels to Minnesota this week and expects to throw off a mound again sometime this week.
  • Michael Bourn is out indefinitely after leaving Sunday's game with a right hand laceration. Bourn injured his right hand when he was stepped on by White Sox reliever Matt Thornton on a head-first slide into first base and needed five stitches in his right index finger.
  • Curtis Granderson (forearm) is throwing from 60 feet, but has not yet swung a bat. Granderson is expected to return in early May, but since he has yet to swing a bat, that return date is in doubt.
  • Chase Headley (thumb) could return to the Padres early this week. He went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts, but did play the field. Headley plans to play third base again on Monday and his return to the Padres seems imminent.