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April 7, 2013

Brentz has put bizarre accident in the past

If not for gun accident, slugger might be talk of the town

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This was not the first time, though.

“I’ve been up there once or twice before, last season,” Webster said.

Webster has tremendous sink on his fastball and a plus change-up.

He said he was told during spring training that his stuff is good enough that he doesn’t have to be so perfect.

“I don’t care what kind of stuff you have, you can’t pitch down the middle,” Webster said, laughing.

Opening Day ace

Clay Buchholz looked like the staff’s ace Wednesday vs. the Yankees. He earned the win in the second game this season, going 7.0 innings and allowing just one run on six hits and two walks while striking out four.

The right-hander threw 94 pitches. Here is his breakdown, according to Brooksbaseball.net: 34 four-seamers (90.7 mph average), 17 cutters (86.4 mph), 13 two-seamers (91.0), 13 curveballs (75.5), nine change-ups (78.9) and eight splitters (85.5). Buchholz, who had a better pace on the mound Wednesday than most of last year, has the best pure stuff of all the Sox starters. He has the potential to be the ace but has prove he can stay healthy.

Doyle’s day

Salem High grad Terry Doyle, who had a fine spring in Red Sox camp, will make his Pawtucket Red Sox debut today at Scranton.

He will be a part of a talented rotation that includes Webster, fireballer Rubby De La Rosa, knuckleballer Steven Wright and left-hander Chris Hernandez.

If all goes as planned, Doyle will make his McCoy Stadium debut against Rochester on Friday at 7:05 p.m. Parking is free and ticket and food prices are reasonable, unlike most big league stadiums. Top Red Sox pitching prospect Matt Barnes will make his Double-A debut at Portland today against Trenton at 1 p.m.

Strong finish, strong start

Texas’ Yu Darvish finished his first MLB regular season strong last year. From Aug. 12 on, he was 5-1 and all eight of his starts were quality starts.

He started this year by coming within one out of throwing a perfect game.

Baltimore’s Chris Davis finished last year with seven homers in his final seven games.

Entering Friday, he had homered in each of his three games this season.

Davis and the O’s will be in Boston tomorrow.

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