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Clay, you're a beautiful baby (and why do I have to even write about Royce Clayton?)

Wow, what a weekend for the Sox youth movement. The player development team has to be grinning from ear to ear. I still can't quite believe what Buchholz did. I also can't believe that I didn't see the game - or that my dad did watch most of it, but didn't realize what was going on! With Buchholz yesterday, Lester today, Pedroia all year, and some glipses at what Ellsbury brings to the table, it's been a fun few days. Now if Brandon Moss would start hitting a bit it'd be perfect.

I don't claim in the least to be smart enough to have seen this coming, but I do like that the day I posted the 5th starter post was the first of three straight days where we were able to see the 3 main candidates. And I think Marty is schedule for tomorrow right?

I am not (yet) eating my words about Lester after today's game. Lester walked 4 and struckout only 1 in six innings. That is not a good sign for a reputed "power pitcher." I am not writing him off, but I still don't see the future star we've heard so much about. And it was the Orioles he was pitching to, without Brian Roberts.

Yesterday's no-hitter does have huge ramifications for next year and the off-season. With Buchholz obviously ready for prime-time, I see absolutely no reason why the Sox should pursue that head-case Schilling with any vigor in the off-season. He's not very good anymore, wants a ton of money, and he's his own worse PR manager.

The degree to which Buchholz's no-hitter has gone to my head is seen in the fact that I'm overjoyed despite some really bad things going on right now. We're without many; we just started back to back to back 5th starters; Kevin Cash hits like Josh Bard caught; the Yankees series; our 16 game winning 3rd starter is having back issues; almost every outfielder is injured to differing degrees (Manny, Coco, Drew, Kielty); we have Royce Clayton on the Red Sox. None of these are good things.

I fail to understand why the Sox called up Clayton (or even signed him) over Joe McEwing. Clayton can't hit and apparently has lost his once-decent defensive skills. Here's quote from mlbtraderumors.com after the Jays released Mr. Clayton: "Looking for an aging backup shortstop with no discernible talents? Clayton is your man." We have a perfectly good back-up shortstop in Cora. Wouldn't a veteran who can also play the outfield and every other position short of pitcher have more value to the team then a man who can only play short and can't even play that well anymore? And, everywhere McEwing has played he has been a fan favorite. Anyway, it's not a big deal, but it was not the right move.

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