CLEARWATER, Fla. — Veteran right-hander Clay Buchholz, who is entering his 11th season and first not with the Boston Red Sox, will make his Philadelphia Phillies (2-2) debut Tuesday afternoon at Spectrum Field.
Buchholz, 32, will oppose a familiar American League East divisional foe in the Baltimore Orioles (2-2) and right-hander Mike Wright. The two-time All-Star was acquired on Dec. 20, 2016, from Boston in exchange for second base prospect Josh Tobias. The Phillies will cover all of Buchholz's $13.5 million remaining salary for 2017 as part of the trade.
So far in four Grapefruit League games this spring, the Phillies have faced all American League East clubs. After splitting with the New York Yankees and winning by 7 over the Toronto Blue Jays this past weekend, the Phillies fell 7-2 to the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday. Third baseman Maikel Franco hit his MLB-leading third home run of the spring in the defeat.
Starting Pitching Matchup:
|Baltimore Orioles (2-2)||Philadelphia Phillies (2-2)|
|RHP||Mike Wright||RHP||Clay Buchholz|
|(2016: 3-4, 5.79 ERA)||(2016: 8-10, 4.78 ERA)|