Clay Buchholz gave the Red Sox and especially their bullpen a big lift on Tuesday when he went 8+ innings as the Red Sox topped the Twins, 3-2.
It was the second straight fine outing for Clay, as he allowed just the two runs. Daniel Bard looked a bit shaky in the ninth, as Terry Francona gave Jonathan Papelbon the night off, but he got the save, as he allowed an inherited run to score.
David Ortiz continued his hot hitting, belting his 8th homer in the fourth, on another night that did not look like it was fit for man nor beast, as it rained throughout the entire evening. The umps had to video-review it, and it was confirmed it did clear the wall in left center.
The win pushed the Red Sox again above .500, at 21-20. They trail the Rays by 8 1/2, who won at New York last night.
The Red Sox brought up shortstop Angel Sanchez from Pawtucket after the game, as Marco Scutaro will sit for a couple of games with what has been termed "tennis elbow" in the left elbow. He had a cortisone shot for it on Tuesday. And also, the Scott Schoeneweis Era has come to a merciful end, as he was designated for assignment after last night's game. Sanchez figures to be up just for a few days, and Scott Atchison figures to return from Pawtucket when Scutaro is ready to go.
Jacoby Ellsbury and Mike Cameron will both be playing for the Portland Sea Dogs of AA today.