Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz called in from spring training in Fort Myers, Fla., to talk with Dennis & Callahan on Wednesday morning. Buchholz discussed fighting for a spot in the Sox' rotation, saying: "If I go out and do my job and do what I can to make this team better ... I think that everything will take care of itself."
Buchholz was asked about being on a good team and how that has limited his opportunities to pitch in the majors. Said Buchholz: "I have two years in the big leagues, I probably could have four or five, really, if the Red Sox weren't who they were. From a money standpoint, it's a little hard. But playing for the team, and the atmosphere you get every time you play in a Red Sox uniform, I don't think there's anything like it. So, there's a tradeoff there. But I definitely felt like it has crossed my mind before."
Buchholz talked about switching from No. 61 to 11 for this season. He said he inquired about 21 but was encouraged not to take Roger Clemens' old number. "I did ask about that -- that was my dad's number -- it was either No. 11 or No. 21 that I wanted to get," he said. "They said it would probably be more trouble than it's worth." Added Buchholz: "It wouldn't be good saying, 'Give me 21,' and then have a terrible year. I just wouldn't want to do that. I'd rather have a fresh number with no history about it and try to do something with that one."
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