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Buchholz continues scoreless spring vs. Yanks

Buchholz continues scoreless spring vs. Yanks

Buchholz continues scoreless spring vs. Yanks
TAMPA, Fla. -- Clay Buchholz paced the Major Leagues with a 1.97 ERA in night games last season, and he continued that quirky effectiveness with three scoreless innings in the Red Sox's 5-3 victory against the Yankees on Friday night.

Buchholz allowed just one hit -- an Alex Rodriguez single -- while walking two and striking out two.

"My first two outings have been that way," Buchholz said. "There were a lot of people [there for the game against] Minnesota the other night. If I could start at night every start, it would be a lot better. There's going to be a few day games mixed in. But regardless, this is a time for working on pitches and working on your delivery and you go from there."

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Bartolo Colon continued to make a strong case for the Yankees' starting rotation, as he fired three dominant innings during his second Grapefruit League start.

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Colon has not pitched in the Major Leagues since 2009 and is thus a curiosity for the Yankees, but the burly right-hander appears to be on his game after sharpening his skills pitching in the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.

A non-roster invitee to Yankees camp, Colon struck out five and walked none in his second start of the spring, keeping pace with his fellow rotation contenders as New York begins its second turn through the Grapefruit League rotation.

Yankees starters have now allowed just one run -- surrendered by Colon on Feb. 26 against the Phillies -- in 15 Grapefruit League innings. Referred to as "a strike-throwing machine" by manager Joe Girardi, Colon threw 43 pitches, 35 of which were strikes.

Manny Banuelos, the Yankees' touted left-handed pitching prospect, turned in two scoreless innings of relief, including a strikeout of Jason Varitek.

The paid attendance for Friday's game was 11,325, the largest crowd in George M. Steinbrenner Field history.

Red Sox Up next: The Red Sox might have a nice find in right-handed reliever Alfredo Aceves, if he stays healthy. That's a big "if," as the Yankees learned when back problems limited Aceves to just 12 innings of work last season. Signed to a Minor League deal, Aceves has a chance to prove he can stay healthy, and Boston is pleased with how he's looked early in camp. He'll see action in the road half of Saturday's split-squad, getting the 1:05 p.m. ET start against the Orioles in Sarasota, Fla. At home in Fort Myers, Fla., Daisuke Matsuzaka will make his second start of the spring, facing the Marlins in a game aired live on MLB.TV at 1:05 p.m.

Yankees Up next: The Yankees will have their ace on the mound Saturday, when CC Sabathia draws the starting call for a 1:05 p.m. contest against the Nationals at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Washington will send former New York right-hander Chad Gaudin, a member of the 2009 World Series club, to the mound.

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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