Buchholz balances newborn and baseball

August, 5, 2010
BOSTON -- Clay Buchholz got his work in before the rain pelted Fenway Park on Thursday afternoon.

He got dressed and left the clubhouse a little past 4:30 p.m., going to the hospital to pick up his wife, Lindsay, and their newborn daughter. The couple’s first child was born on Wednesday.

Buchholz might miss a little sleep -- a la Jon Lester, whose wife delivered the couple’s first child last week -- but is expected to make his start Friday night in New York in the opener of the four-game set against the Yankees.

A sudden and prolonged downpour Thursday caused panic amongst the Sox, who were hitting in the cage behind the dugout and the clubhouse staff in advance of their 7:10 p.m. game against the Indians. As the area began to flood, it forced them to scramble to pack up all the gear and bring it to higher ground up the stairs and outside the clubhouse.

The Sox's dugout also flooded, but once the rain stopped, after 5 o’clock, the water found its way down the previously overwhelmed drains and the area emptied out.

Lester, who was hampered by a cramp in his left hamstring during his outing on Wednesday night, was fine, said manager Terry Francona. Lester had become dehydrated during the game, which was played in steamy, humid conditions.

Mike Lowell, who started Tuesday night in his return from the disabled list, is back in the lineup Thursday night after having sat out Wednesday night’s game. Francona said he didn’t want to “run Mikey into the ground,” playing him too much after so much inactivity. Francona said Lowell likely would play three of the four games in the Yankees series.



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