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Blue Jays' Clay Buchholz watches Red Sox ring ceremony from other side

Blue Jays' Clay Buchholz watches Red Sox ring ceremony from other side

The baseball gods work in mysterious ways.

As members of previous Boston Red Sox World Series championship teams took the field at Fenway Park for Tuesday's ring ceremony, another already was stationed in the visiting dugout: pitcher Clay Buchholz.

That's right: The two-time World Series champion signed a one-year contract with the Toronto Blue Jays in early March, and despite beginning the season on the injured list with an elbow strain, he was on hand for Tuesday's game.

It was Buchholz's first time back in Boston since the Red Sox traded him in December 2016, and it must have been a bit strange to watch his 2007 and 2013 teammates celebrate with the 2018 champion Sox.

But the 34-year-old starter chose a different emotion when asked before Tuesday's game.

"This is where I grew up. It’s exciting," Buchholz told reporters, via MLB.com's Jessica Camerato. "I know the experience of getting to walk on the field and get a ring. I’ve done it a couple times.

"It’s a really cool experience. Looking out from the other side makes you want to do it again."

Buchholz, who was drafted by the Red Sox in 2005 and spent a decade in Boston, enjoyed arguably the best season of his career on that 2013 title team, posting a 12-1 record and 1.74 ERA through 16 starts before a shoulder injury cut his year short.

He struggled in Philadelphia during the 2017 campaign before having a 2018 renaissance with the Arizona Diamondbacks, sporting a 2.01 ERA through 16 appearances.

It appears injuries are plaguing the two-time All-Star once again in Toronto, but at least he got to witness another cool moment for his former club.

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Dustin Pedroia, Brock Holt rehabbing in Portland this weekend

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Dustin Pedroia, Brock Holt rehabbing in Portland this weekend

Dustin Pedroia and Brock Holt will be in Portland this weekend as part of their injury rehab assignments.

The duo will be on the Sea Dogs roster for their four-game series vs. Altoona. Joining them at Hadlock Field will be Red Sox reliever Brian Johnson, who is scheduled for a rehab start on Sunday.

Holt originally was placed on the injured list since on April 6 with a scratched cornea and suffered a setback later in the month with a right shoulder impingement. Pedroia went back on the IL in April with soreness in his surgically-repaired left knee.

While the Red Sox could use the infield depth, they're in no rush to get Pedroia or Holt back in the lineup with rookie Michael Chavis raking. The 23-year-old has 10 home runs through the first 29 games of his career.

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Red Sox vs. Astros lineups: J.D. Martinez returns, Michael Chavis leads off

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Red Sox vs. Astros lineups: J.D. Martinez returns, Michael Chavis leads off

After taking three out of four games vs. the Blue Jays, the Red Sox look to carry their success into Houston.

They'll begin a three-game series vs. the Astros on Friday night with the red-hot Chris Sale toeing the rubber opposite ex-Red Sox left-hander Wade Miley. Sandy Leon will call the game for Sale behind the plate.

J.D. Martinez finally returns to the lineup after missing the last four games due to an illness and back tightness. Rookie Michael Chavis again leads off with Andrew Benintendi batting sixth. Rafael Devers gets his first day off of the season.

Here are the full lineups for both teams with first pitch set for 8:10 p.m. at Minute Maid Park.

BOSTON RED SOX (27-23)
Michael Chavis 2B
Mookie Betts RF
Xander Bogaerts SS
J.D. Martinez DH
Steve Pearce 1B
Andrew Benintendi LF
Eduardo Núñez 3B
Sandy León C
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF

Chris Sale, LHP (1-5, 4.31 ERA)

HOUSTON ASTROS (33-18)
George Springer RF
Alex Bregman 3B
Carlos Correa SS
Yuli Gurriel 1B
Aledmys Diaz 2B
Robinson Chirinos C
Josh Reddick LF
Tyler White DH
Jake Marisnick CF

Wade Miley, LHP (4-2, 3.51 ERA)

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