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Red Sox need Clay Buchholz’s big arm

Ailing pitcher could be shutdown starter team needs

TORONTO — Clay Buchholz might not realize how important he is to the Red Sox, but the Red Sox realize how important the righthander is to them.

He is Boston’s only potential shutdown pitcher in the playoffs. He can be the guy at the top of the rotation that can get you off on the right foot and set the tone in a playoff series.

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