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Spring training report: Clay Buchholz leads charge

Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz.

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Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz.

SCORE: Red Sox 4, Pirates 1.

RECORD: 3-7-1.

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BREAKDOWN: Clay Buchholz went three hitless innings and set the tone for a strong pitching effort by the Red Sox, which included Andrew Miller’s three-K outing, two scoreless innings out of Dalier Hinojosa, and a second save by Francisco Cordero. Jackie Bradley Jr. stroked a two-run single between the 3-4 hole in the second inning. Mike Carp added a solo homer in the third, and Derrik Gibson provided an insurance run with an RBI single in the ninth.

THUMBS UP: Bryce Brentz is really elevating his game in spring training. He had two more hits and is now batting .400 (8 for 20). David Ross went 1 for 3 batting cleanup and also threw out Jordy Mercer trying to steal. Carp had two hits out of the DH spot, including the homer and a shift-breaking single to third.

THUMBS DOWN: Third base prospect Garin Cecchini went 0 for 3 and left four runners on base. Rubby De La Rosa went two innings and allowed four hits and a run and his ERA is now 11.25 this spring. Alex Hassan went 0 for 4 in left field.

MEDICAL REPORT: Manager John Farrell indicated that Shane Victorino could play his first game Monday or Tuesday depending on how he came out of Sunday’s workout. He also said Grady Sizemore would play back-to-back games for the first time Monday and Tuesday. Jake Peavy is still scheduled to go Thursday in his first game action since his lacerated left index finger.

AROUND THE BASES: The Pirates drew 8,245 at McKechnie Field, their third-largest attendance ever. The Red Sox only brought the minimum four roster players — Carp, Bradley, Ross, and Buchholz . . . The Sox went 2 for 8 with runners in scoring position . . . General manager Ben Cherington attended the game.

NEXT GAME: Monday at 1:05 p.m. against the Rays at JetBlue Park. The game is televised on NESN. Jon Lester is scheduled to oppose Jake Odorizzi. We’ll also see Chris Capuano, Anthony Ranaudo, and Jose Mijares. Former Red Sox lefty Erik Bedard will follow Odorizzi for Tampa Bay.

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