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Chewbacca's The Ace

Chewbacca
(Jim Davis / Boston Globe Staff)


May the 4th Place Be With You
Red Sox Ravamp Pitching Staff in Wake of Free-Fall in AL East

New Rotation Goes Into Effect Tonight: 1. Chewbacca, 2. Darth Vader, 3. Boba Fett, 4. Luke Skywalker, and 5. Obi Wan Kenobi
'Now, I Think We've Got Five No. 1's.' -- Sincerely, John Farrell
Kelly's Roast Toast, It's Sweep Caroline at Fenway, Circa 2006
Ellsbury 'Should Have Stolen Two' Snaps Back at Mujica in Ker Plunkapalooza
Yankees Han Solo in First Place

"You throw one up and in and at 3-0 you come at me. I donít really care what theyíre trying to do over there, but I just took my base and let them know I didnít appreciate it. I donít need to get thrown out. I realize my importance to my team. It didnít hurt anyways. I should have stolen two bases off of him." -- Jacoby Wan Kenobi

Bad Clay at the Office

Clay Buchholz was horrendous at Fenway
(Maddie Meyer / Getty Images)

The So-Called Ace Was a Disgrace Last Night

Toronto 11, Boston 8 | Jays Pound Clay
Clay's ERA: 5.76; Opponents Batting .444 With Runners in Scoring Position
'You've Got Your No. 1' -- John Henry on Clay Buchholz After Opener
Cafardo: As Bad as Buchholz Was, Don't Expect Change Soon
At Least Edward Mujica Looks Like He Could Replace Koji
Any Chance Clay Can Come Up with a Stiff Neck Today?
Breaking: Red Sox Gray 'I'm the Ace' T-Shirt Is Missing!
And Speeding Up the Game Took Four Hours

"Whenever your team gives you a four-run lead you're supposed to come out a lot better than that. Went out there with a game plan of throwing strikes, let them put the ball in play and get outs. Walked the first guy. All the contact that they made ó they hit the ball hard and it wasnít at any of our players in the field. I have to do a lot better job than that." -- Clay 'Captain Obvious' Buchholz

"The light goes on for most guys, or you click and figure it out, or itís something you never get. Heís not going to be a 1, thatís just not going to happen. Itís not part of his makeup." -- Curt Schilling crushes Clay on WEEI

One and Done

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(Brian Blanco / Getty Images)

Mookie's Smooth Hard Slide Gets the Run In

Boston 1, Tampa Bay 0 | No One Saw The Sox Winning 1-0 Games
Betts Barrels Into Second, Breaks Up Double Play, Winning Run Scores
Wade Makes the Grade: Miley Makes It Into 6th Pitching Shutout
'Pen Is Mightier: Boston Bullpen Battens Down the Hatches
Caveat: Rays Lineup Makes Phillies Look Like '27 Yankees
Red Hot Holt's Gotta Play Over Vic Right Now, Right?
0-for-12 With RISP, But Score 19th Unearned Run
Hat Tip to Hanigan

"Itís things we've talked about. That was my chance to put it into play. Nothing dirty, just trying to break up the double play and it worked out that time." -- Mookie Betts, hitting on the Mendoza line, but still playing hard

Sox Need to Make a Cole-Blooded Move

Greg Flume Getty Images
(Greg Flume / Getty Images)

It's Hamels Time

Red Sox Starting Rotation an Early Cause for Concern
Rosenthal: Phillies Need to Trade Hamels to Red Sox
Don't Want to Give Up Hall of Famer Mookie Betts?
OK, Here's Some Great Options for Philly...
Manuel Margot Creating Buzz at Single A Salem
Brian Johnson Finding the Strike Zone in Pawtucket
Deven Marrero, Now More Aggressive at Plate
Big Bryce Brentz Hits Monster Walkoff Homer
Hey Philly, Brock Star Holt's Batting Over .500!
Blake Swihart Pushes PawSox Past IronPigs

"... if Philadelphia general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. is indeed serious about trading Hamels, he eventually will need to stop dithering and take his best shot." -- Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports

Buch Stopped Here

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(Elsa / Getty Images)

Is the Red Sox Rotation of Aces Really Just a House of Cards?

New York 14, Boston 4 | Bronx Bombing Stops Sweep Talk
So Mookie Betts Is Hitting .192 with 2 Walks, But It's Early Right?
So Since the Two Homers, Comeback Kid Pedroia Has a Double to His Name
Do The Sox Need to Take Advantage of Another Red Hot Brock Holt?
Can We Get Rusney Castillo Up Here Already? Vic Batting .125
Is Pablo Sandoval Going to Hit Nothing But Singles All Year?
Everyone Can Rest Easy, Mike Napoli Got a Hit
David Ortiz Is More Than the Face of the Red Sox

"Felt good with all of my pitches. The command was a little off at first but after that I felt really good." -- Clay Buchholz, who gave up 9 earned runs on 9 hits in 3.1 innings.

BDD is a feature of Boston.com. All posts are by Steve Silva unless otherwise indicated.

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