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    SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) - Clay Buchholz thought he threw reasonably well. The statistics said otherwise.

    Projected as the Boston's third starter, Buchholz allowed five runs over five innings in a shaky outing Friday and the Red Sox lost 6-5 to the Baltimore Orioles.

    Buchholz gave up two-run homers to Adam Jones in the first and Nick Markakis in the third. It was Jones' third home run of the spring and Markakis' first.

    Buchholz gave up seven hits and walked one while striking out three. In his first three starts this spring, he had allowed three runs and seven hits over 10 innings.

    "Overall, I pitched pretty well. That pitch that Jones hit was up. That's what he does - and a couple of fly balls with the wind got to them and they were to a spot where there wasn't anybody there," Buchholz said.

    Last year, Buchholz was limited to 14 starts - none after June 16 - because of a back injury. Now, he's slated behind Jon Lester and Josh Beckett in Boston's starting rotation. Buchholz has thrown five innings in his last two starts.

    "I know that I need to get my pitch count up because I wasn't ready for my first couple starts last year. So I still wanted to go out there for that fifth inning," he said.

    "Overall, this is about getting your work in. You always want to see the results you want happen, but it just doesn't happen all the time."

    Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine sees definite progress in Buchholz.

    "He threw a lot of curveballs, and some of them were good and some just got up in the wind. But he worked on everything he wanted to work on," Valentine said.

    "It was good work. His stuff was good."

    Baltimore starter Jason Hammel made it through just two innings, allowing two runs and three hits.

    "A lot of foul balls today. Just one of those days where I was making pretty good pitches, and they weren't putting them in play," Hammel said.

    "I made my share of bad pitches in there, too. Just getting my work in, making sure I get to a certain point in pitches, just getting ready for the season. No reason to get hurt."

    Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Hammel has pitched well, but the defense was a little shaky.

    "He's had a good spring. He's thrown the ball well - right from his first outing," Showalter said.

    "Balls that should have been caught - we had three or four of these today."

    Brad Bergesen followed Hammel with three scoreless innings. Robert Andino had two RBIs for the Orioles.

    Boston's Darnell McDonald had three hits and is batting .500.

    "He's a hitting machine, flat-out hitting machine. What's he hitting, .700? It seems it," Valentine said.

    NOTES: Boston RHPs Clayton Mortensen and Junichi Tazawa and C Luis Exposito were optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket. RHP Brandon Duckworth, LHP Jesse Carlson, C Max St. Pierre and OF Alex Hassan were reassigned to minor league camp. ... Valentine informed RHP Vicente Padilla, who had been under consideration for the fifth starter's job, that he will now work out of the bullpen. ... Baltimore SS J.J. Hardy was out with a sore arm. He expects to play Saturday. ... Orioles managing general partner Peter Angelos attended the game.

     
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    Boston Red Sox
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Nick Punto, 3B3000101 .190
        Pedro Ciriaco, SS1100000 .419
    Jose Iglesias, SS3000024 .200
        Ryan Dent, 3B0000100 .167
    Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C2010111 .222
        Daniel Nava, RF2121000 .400
    Darnell McDonald, CF3130000 .500
        Shannon Wilkerson, CF2010001 .750
    Josh Kroeger, RF3010001 .200
        Daniel Butler, C2010003 .273
    Lars Anderson, 1B2110101 .407
        Drew Hedman, 1B1001010 .000
    Jason Repko, LF3011012 .219
        Mitchell Dening, LF2000011 .000
    Nate Spears, 2B1000200 .333
        Tony Thomas, PR-2B2100010 .000
    Mauro Gomez, DH4011020 .250
    Totals36512469  
    Batting
    2B - Daniel Nava (1, Galarraga)
    SF - Drew Hedman (1)
    RBI - Daniel Nava (1), Drew Hedman (1), Jason Repko (4), Mauro Gomez (2)
    2-OUT RBI - Daniel Nava (1)
    SB - Pedro Ciriaco (5, 3rd base off Galarraga/Hester)
    Team LOB - 12
    Fielding
    DP - Punto-Spears-Anderson
    Boston Red Sox
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Clay Buchholz (L,2-2) 5755132 4.80
    Mark Melancon 1311010 7.50
    Matt Albers 2300010 3.86
    Pitches-Strikes - Clay Buchholz 37-33, Mark Melancon 8-8, Matt Albers 11-10
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Clay Buchholz 5-6, Matt Albers 2-2
    Batters Faced - Clay Buchholz 22, Mark Melancon 6, Matt Albers 8
    Baltimore Orioles
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Nolan Reimold, LF4000014 .156
        Jeff Larish, 1B0000000 .250
    Nick Johnson, 1B4120000 .324
        Brenden Webb, PR-LF0000000 .000
    Nick Markakis, RF3222000 .286
        John Hester, C1000010 .000
    Adam Jones, CF3122000 .353
        Ryan Flaherty, SS1010000 .297
    Matt Wieters, C3010011 .129
        Scott Beerer, PR-RF1100001 .296
    Mark Reynolds, 3B3110001 .179
        Matt Antonelli, 2B1000000 .214
    Wilson Betemit, DH4000012 .179
    Steve Tolleson, 2B3010011 .269
        John Ruettiger, CF1010000 .750
    Robert Andino, SS2022100 .250
        Buck Britton, PR-3B1000001 .429
    Totals35613615  
    Batting
    2B - Nick Johnson (4, Buchholz), Ryan Flaherty (2, Albers), Mark Reynolds (1, Buchholz), Robert Andino (3, Buchholz)
    HR - Nick Markakis (1, Buchholz), Adam Jones (3, Buchholz)
    RBI - Nick Markakis 2 (2), Adam Jones 2 (10), Robert Andino 2 (6)
    2-OUT RBI - Nick Markakis 2 (2), Adam Jones 2 (4), Robert Andino 2 (4)
    SB - John Ruettiger (2, 2nd base off Albers/Butler)
    PK - Brenden Webb (1, Albers)
    Team LOB - 6
    Fielding
    DP - Tolleson-Andino-N. Johnson, Tolleson-Andino-N. Johnson
    PB - Matt Wieters (1)
    E - Ryan Flaherty (3, Dropped fly)
    Baltimore Orioles
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Jason Hammel 2322240 3.09
    Brad Bergesen (W,2-0) 3400200 3.75
    Kevin Gregg (H,1) 1111110 5.40
    Armando Galarraga (H,2) 2421120 7.20
    Zach Phillips (S,1) 1000020 1.93
    HBP - Iglesias (by Brad Bergesen)
    Pitches-Strikes - Jason Hammel 26-18, Brad Bergesen 19-10, Kevin Gregg 14-10, Armando Galarraga 21-17, Zach Phillips 7-7
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Hammel 1-1, Brad Bergesen 3-3, Kevin Gregg 1-1, Armando Galarraga 2-3, Zach Phillips 1-0
    Batters Faced - Jason Hammel 11, Brad Bergesen 13, Kevin Gregg 5, Armando Galarraga 12, Zach Phillips 3
    Game Information
    Attendance - 7923
    Game Time - 3:05
    Temperature - 81
    Umpires - Home - Chris Ward, First Base - Bill Welke, Second Base - Manny Gonzalez, Third Base - Quinn Wolcott