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Thursday, April 25th (All times eastern)

Houston Astros (7-14) at Boston Red Sox (14-7), 6:35 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Houston - Philip Humber (0-4, 6.63) Boston - Clay Buchholz (4-0, 0.90)

(Sports Network) - Texas-born right-hander Clay Buchholz can add to what's already been a glittering start to 2013 on Thursday night when his Boston Red Sox host the Houston Astros in the first of four games at Fenway Park.

A native of Nederland, Texas and a product of Angelina (Texas) Junior College, Buchholz has won all four starts to begin the season while allowing just three runs in 30 innings.

Buchholz tossed eight innings of two-run ball in his most recent start on April 20 against Kansas City, picking up a 4-3 win while his earned run average actually soared from 0.41 to 0.90.

He's struck out 29 batters and walked 11, while allowing an opposition batting average of .184.

Buchholz has never faced the Astros.

Houston goes with veteran lefty Philip Humber, who was the third overall selection by the New York Mets in the 2004 draft.

Humber made five appearances with the Mets in 2006-07 and also pitched for Minnesota, Kansas City and the Chicago White Sox before landing in Houston to begin 2013 after being waived.

He'll make $800,000 this season, with a team option to either pay him $3 million next season or take a $500,000 buyout.

Humber, who's 2-2 in his career against the Red Sox, has allowed 25 hits and 14 runs in 19 innings across four 2013 starts.

He's won two career starts at Fenway while posting a 3.95 earned run average.

On Wednesday in Houston, Brandon Laird went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a home run to go along with four RBI and Ronny Cedeno had three hits including a three-run shot as the Astros eased past the Seattle Mariners, 10-3, in the rubber match of a three-game series at Minute Maid Park.

Chris Carter hit a solo homer, while Matt Dominguez had two hits and drove in a pair of runs for the Astros, who have won two straight.

Lucas Harrell (2-2) fanned five batters and gave up one run on six hits over seven innings in the victory. The Astros also picked up their second series win of the young season, although four of the team's seven overall victories have come versus Seattle.

In Boston, Daniel Nava had a pinch-hit RBI single which proved to be the eventual game-winner as part of a three-run fifth inning, and the Red Sox survived with a 6-5 win over the Oakland Athletics to take the three-game series at Fenway Park.

David Ortiz and Shane Victorino also drove in runs in the decisive fifth frame for Boston, which responded well after dropping Tuesday's contest, 13-0. Stephen Drew added two RBI.

Jon Lester (4-0) remained perfect on the season despite walking six batters in 5 2/3 innings of work. He also allowed three runs and struck out five.

The Red Sox swept a three-game series in Houston when the teams last met in 2007.

04/25 10:28:03 ET

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    Tonight at 6:30 on 620am

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CAR 4
TOR 1
Final
DUKE 66
UCONN 56
7:00pm Tonight
PHI
CHA
 
Final
CHI 103
NYK 97
Final
HOU 90
NOP 99
4th
SAC 84
MIL 92
 
Half
GSW 65
OKC 63
 
7:00pm Tonight
PHI
CHA
 
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ORL
UTA
 
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CLE
BRK
 
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BOS
MIN
 
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DET
TOR
 
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MIA
WAS
 
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MEM
CHI
 
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SAN
POR
 
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DEN
LAC
 
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LAL
OKC
 
Final
RICE 72
STTHOMASTX 61
 
Final
UVA 70
CLST 54
Final
LIU 69
FIU 58
 
Final
STET 67
GSOUT 76
 
Final
QUIN 80
LEH 65
 
Final
SFLA 69
SHU 89
Final
RICH 65
SALA 54
Final
CAN 60
USB 59
 
Final
DEL 62
TEMPL 82
Final
WCU 56
WRST 69
 
Final
VERM 56
YALE 57
 
Final
SDKST 75
IDST 72
 
Final
RIDE 62
MRGST 48
 
Final
LATU 79
NICST 54
 
Final
CHAR 75
APP 65
Final
MISS 71
CCAR 68
 
Final
DUKE 66
UCONN 56
Final
BRAD 80
EUREK 38
 
Final
PEAY 76
OAKC 52
 
Final
JST 66
SMISS 46
 
Final
SD 55
MNTST 53
 
Final
UAB 70
LSU 79
Final
EVAN 81
OHIO 69
 
Final
CSFU 72
CSDH 50
 
2nd
ORST 88
DEP 54
 
2nd
PAC 61
NEV 55
 
Final
USF 77
PORST 40
 
Final
IDAHO 86
WALLA 39
 
2nd
UTST 50
CALST 36
 
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YOUNG
WILB
 
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TULA
JST
 
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RAD
SIENA
 
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MERC
COOK
 
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BUCK
CASEWEST
 
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LIB
CPNC
 
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SCAR
CLEM
 
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CONC
 
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MIAMI
EKENT
 
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GWEBB
HIWASSEE
 
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ODU
MDES
 
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BUF
NIAG
 
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KSU
NCAT
 
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FAM
UNF
 
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NORST
NARZ
 
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DART
NILL
 
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MORE
NKENTUCKY
 
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UCSB
SDCHR
 
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STJ
GAELS
 
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ALA
STILL
 
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HAMP
TENST
 
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TENN
TENT
 
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WMARY
WSHMD
 
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FLGC
FUR
 
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CALST
SDKST
 
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MTST
CHAT
 
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NDAK
DICKINSON
 
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LAMON
LSUALEX
 
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PRIN
LIP
 
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LAM
MLGN
 
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MINN
SEAT
 
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LOYC
SUTAH
 
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SELA
WINT
 
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SILL
NO
 
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MARQ
ALAAM
 
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TTU
ARKPB
 
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DEN
COLST
 
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CREI
TXPA
 
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CAL
EWASH
 
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UTST
IDST
 
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UTEP
ARZ
 
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CHAM
HAW
 
Final
PIT 1
COL 0
Final
PHI 1
FLA 2
Final
CAR 4
TOR 1
Final
CLB 4
WAS 5
Final
MON 1
ANA 2
2nd
SJS 2
EDM 3
 
2nd
LOS 2
STL 3
 
7:00pm Tonight
NJD
TAM
 
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OTT
ANA
 
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DET
NYI
 
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WIN
BOS
 
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CAL
DAL
 
Final
JAC 21
TEN 13