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Buchholz puts bumpy road behind

Red Sox pitcher's past struggles make All-Star selection sweeter

Updated: July 13, 2010, 8:44 AM ET
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com

Professional baseball has humbled Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz.

Like many other young players, the former top pitching prospect and current full-time major league starter has experienced both the highs and lows. Before turning pro, Buchholz had known only success and had no idea what it was like to fail.

Originally selected by the Red Sox 42nd overall in the 2005 draft, the Texas native climbed his way up the organizational ladder quickly and reached the big leagues in his third ...

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