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Buchholz is erratic in rehab start

LOS ANGELES — Clay Buchholz had a rough start for Single A Lowell at Hudson Valley this afternoon.

He lasted only 2/3 of an inning and threw 38 pitches, 19 for strikes, against Tampa Bay prospects. His line: 1 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 1 K. The Red Sox wanted him to get to 45-50 pitches over three innings.

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Buchholz is supposed to start again on Friday.

Also:

• LHP Matt Thornton was activated off the disabled list. RHP Brayan Villarreal was optioned. The Sox now have four lefties in their bullpen.

• David Ortiz is not playing first base against lefty Chris Capuano. Part of the reason, John Farrell said, was Mike Napoli’s return to health and productive day at the plate on Saturday. The Sox also want to take advantage of the schedule to give Ortiz three days off in a row.

Obviously Ortiz could pinch hit. Meanwhile, Yasiel Puig brought a bat over for Ortiz to sign for him.

• Ryan Dempster threw 80 pitches in the bullpen on Saturday. He starts on Friday against Chicago. He believes the time off will serve him well. Dempster also said he had no issue with David Ortiz’s comments about him hitting Alex Rodriguez.

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