The enthusiasm Clay Buchholz speaks with these days doesn't necessarily mesh with the numbers (8-9, 5.29 ERA), which, by any measure, aren't pretty and haven't been all season. But the fact that the right-hander can find positives in his current situation and his immediate future is a very good thing for the 2015 Red Sox.
Royals starter Yordano Ventura makes the most important start of his young career on Tuesday versus the Indians, as the rookie seeks to keep Kansas City in the American League Central hunt, and improve its postseason positioning. Danny Salazar starts for Cleveland as it looks to keep fighting for a spot in October.
Leading the Royals by just one game in the American League Central race, the Tigers hope left-hander David Price can get back on track Tuesday night when he opposes rookie righty Scott Carroll and the White Sox at Comerica Park.
The D-backs won a manager's challenge in the fifth inning of Monday night's game with the Twins.