For Buchholz, it was also a key day of preparation. Slowed by a right hamstring during the early portion of camp, Buchholz will make his debut on Saturday afternoon at 1:05 against the Twins.
The righty threw 40 pitches over two simulated innings.
"It felt more comfortable. I've always felt comfortable since we've been throwing off a mound out of the windup," Buchholz said. "Out of the stretch, I started to find a balance point toward the end. I threw 10 extra pitches to get a good feel for it. The last 10 I threw, I was staying on line and able to get to a balance point without jumping to home plate. I felt really good there at the end."