2nd opinion for Buchholz.


Byline: Bill Ballou




Perhaps Clay Buchholz should be visiting Dr. Shane Victorino in Pensacola today.

The Red Sox' ailing righty is headed to Florida to be checked out by Dr. James Andrews, who will provide the pitcher and the Sox with a second opinion about what's wrong with his sore right shoulder. Andrews has looked at all of Buchholz's test results, but wants a chance to see him in person as well.

What the team seems to be hoping is that Andrews will tell Buchholz that he does not risk more damage to his shoulder by starting a rehab process that will eventually get him back to the mound, even if there is some discomfort involved.

That is precisely what is going on with Victorino, who was back in right field for Boston on Sunday night even though he is dealing with chronic discomfort in his left hamstring. Victorino has played hurt for most of the season even though the only way to let his hamstring heal completely would be to take a chunk of time off.

Victorino is obviously hobbled, but has managed to play in 30 of Boston's 39 games since being activated from the disabled list on June 8. On Sunday night, he came up with a big two-run single in the third and later stole a base.

The Red Sox' medical staff at home has not been able to solve the Buchholz mystery.

"We're hoping (Buchholz) can get verification and clarification to put his mind at ease," manager John Farrell said. "The strength is there, the range of motion is there."

Torrid Tampa Bay in town

The Red Sox are 9-3 in 12 games vs. Tampa Bay this season, so it would be understandable if Boston were looking forward to its next four games, all of them against the Rays.

Except that Tampa Bay is 21-6 since its last game vs. the Sox, on June 19, has won 17 of its last 19 games overall. All four games are scheduled to start at 7:10 and the pitching matchups will be:

Tonight, Brandon Workman (0-0) vs. Matt Moore (13-3); Tuesday, Jon Lester (8-6) vs. Roberto Hernandez (5-10); Wednesday, Felix Doubront (7-3) vs. David Price (4-5); and Thursday, John Lackey (7-7) vs. Jeremy Hellickson (9-3).

Workman in Fenway debut

Workman will be making his Fenway Park debut and his second major league start. His first one, last week in Oakland, was a smashing success as he took a no-hitter into the seventh inning in a game Boston eventually lost in extra innings, 3-2.

"They are as hot a team as there is in baseball," said Farrell, looking...

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