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04/10/2011 5:21 PM ET
Red Sox sign right-handed pitcher Clay Buchholz to four-year contract extension
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BOSTON, MA – The Boston Red Sox today signed right-handed pitcher Clay Buchholz to a four-year contract extension through the 2015 season with club options for 2016 and 2017. Terms were not disclosed.

The announcement was made by Executive Vice President/General Manager Theo Epstein.

Buchholz shared Red Sox Pitcher of the Year honors with Jon Lester in 2010 and was selected to his first career All-Star team. The 26-year-old finished second in the American League with a 2.33 ERA (45 ER/173.2 IP), after only Seattle's Felix Hernandez (2.27), becoming the youngest Red Sox hurler to post an ERA that low since 1918. He also placed among AL leaders in wins (T-7th, 17), winning percentage (4th, .708, 17-7), opponent batting average against (7th, .226) and opponent slugging (2nd, .312), led the circuit and placed third in the Majors with a 2.45 ERA (25 ER/92.0 IP) on the road, and held opponents to a Major League-best .161 clip with runners in scoring position (22-for-137). The right-hander earned American League Pitcher of the Month honors in August after going 4-0 with a 1.03 ERA (5 ER/43.2 IP) and 28 strikeouts in six starts during the month.

Selected by the Red Sox in the supplemental round (42nd overall) of the 2005 First-Year Player Draft, Buchholz has a career 29-23 Major League record with a 3.77 ERA (157 ER/374.1 IP) and 287 strikeouts in 66 appearances (64 starts) with Boston. He tossed a no-hitter in his second Big League game on September 1, 2007 against the Orioles at Fenway Park, the 17th official no-hitter in franchise history. He made one postseason start for the Red Sox during the 2009 Division Series, allowing 2 runs over 5.0 innings in a no-decision against the Angels.

For the second straight year Buchholz will be a Jimmy Fund Co-Captain in 2011, serving as an ambassador for the Jimmy Fund to raise awareness and build support for cancer care and research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. He also lends his support to Jimmy Fund events and visits adult and pediatric clinics. Buchholz was the 2010 recipient of the BoSox Club Man of the Year Award, chosen not only for his contributions to the success of the Red Sox but also for his cooperation and efforts in community endeavors.

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