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Buchholz opens Round 2 vs. Yanks

Buchholz opens Round 2 vs. Yanks

CLEVELAND -- What was Clay Buchholz's reaction to this being the final season at historic Yankee Stadium?

"I really didn't believe that they were going to tear it down and build a new one, but it is what it is," said Buchholz. "They're going to have a new Yankee Stadium."

Buchholz will step into the old one for the first time Wednesday night, when he kicks off a two-game series by taking the ball in a rematch with Chien-Ming Wang.

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"It's another chapel in baseball history," said Buchholz. "But it's going to be fun to play there, knowing that this is the last year it's going to be there. I'm glad I'm getting a chance to get over there and see what it's all about."

Last Friday night at Fenway Park, Buchholz got to see what facing the Yankees was all about.

The Yankees won that game, 4-1, behind a brilliant performance by Wang. But Buchholz was also effective, giving up four hits and one run over six innings and taking a no-decision.

"I'm looking forward to it," said Buchholz. "I don't really know what to expect. They've seen me once and I've seen them, so I think each of us have maybe a little bit of an edge on one another. I want to go out there and try to do basically the same thing we did at our place, just throw strike one and get some swings out of them. Hopefully get some outs."

Pitching so well against the Yankees was a confidence booster for the 23-year-old Buchholz.

"Oh yeah," Buchholz said. "That's the best start that I've had this year. It's just something to build off of. I didn't do anything great. I think I did the little things good enough to get by and keep the team in the game to win."

The Red Sox lost that game, thanks to Wang firing a two-hitter. But they beat their rivals in the next two games to win the series.

Heading into the Bronx, the Red Sox have won a season-high four games in a row to move back into first place in the American League East.

Pitching matchup
BOS: RHP Clay Buchholz (0-1, 3.27 ERA)
The right-hander turned in a strong outing against the Yankees in his last start, allowing four hits and a run over six innings. This is Buchholz's third start of the season as he seeks his first victory. Buchholz has made only five Major League starts, going 2-2 with a 2.35 ERA.

NYY: RHP Chien-Ming Wang (3-0, 1.23 ERA)
The right-hander turned in what he said was his best pitching performance as a Yankee on Friday in Boston, tossing a complete-game two-hitter. Working economically, Wang used his sinker, slider and four-seamer to befuddle the Red Sox, holding them hitless until J.D. Drew homered with two outs in the fourth inning. The Red Sox had only a bunt single from Coco Crisp with two outs in the ninth inning, as Wang completed his masterpiece in a 4-1 victory.

Tidbits
Sox slugger Manny Ramirez has belted 27 career homers at Yankee Stadium. In addition, Ramirez has thrived against Wang in his career, going 13-for-25 with two homers. ... Conversely, Sox catcher Jason Varitek is 1-for-19 against the sinkerballer. ... The Red Sox went 3-6 at Yankee Stadium last season.

On the Internet
 MLB.TV
 Gameday Audio
•  Gameday
•  Official game notes

On television
• NESN, ESPN2

On radio
• WRKO 680, SBN 1150 (Español)

Up next
• Thursday: Red Sox (Josh Beckett, 1-1, 6.35) at Yankees (Mike Mussina, 1-2, 4.15), 7:05 p.m. ET
• Friday: Rangers (Luis Mendoza, 0-1, 1.80) at Red Sox (Daisuke Matsuzaka, 3-0, 2.70), 7:05 p.m. ET
• Saturday: Rangers (Jason Jennings, 0-3, 8.79) at Red Sox (Jon Lester, 1-2, 5.31), 7:05 p.m. ET

Ian Browne 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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