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Christopher L. Gasper

Clay Buchholz slowly regaining his form

Just as they cleansed their clubhouse figuratively to pave the way for a return to the playoffs, the Red Sox literally cleaned it, scrubbing away the remnants of their raucous, playoff-clinching baseball bacchanalia from Friday night.

The scent of stale beer and champagne showers — the sweet smell of accomplishment — was gone from the clubhouse on Saturday. In its wake was the overwhelming odor of carpet cleaner and confidence.

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