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.
Manny Machado capped off a five-run ninth inning with a three-run homer off Joel Hanrahan as the Orioles defeated the Red Sox 8-5 on Wednesday. Then Machado took a 95-mph fastball from Hanrahan over the Green Monster, silencing what was left of the first non-sellout at Fenway Park in 795 regular-season games. Machado has gotten off to a slow start this year, so this could be the turning point for him. The home run was the first of the year for Machado and it was his only hit on the night. Fantasy owners need to remain patient with the 20-year old.