Buchholz overshadows Kennedy
September, 2, 2007
Oddly, the biggest story in the American League on Saturday was going to be another rookie pitcher, as Yankees right-hander Ian Kennedy debuted in the majors with seven strong innings against the Devil Rays (also oddly, almost exactly one year ago, Anibal Sanchez -- Marlins rookie and ex-Red Sox farmhand -- threw the first no-hitter in the majors since 2004). Kennedy was just an afterthought, though, after Clay Buchholz, making just his second start (and second appearance) in the major leagues, became the first Red Sox rookie in franchise history to throw an official no-hitter. If you are not a Red Sox fan, it's quite possible that you never had heard of Clay Buchholz until Saturday night, but he didn't exactly come out of nowhere. Last year, he was Boston's minor league pitcher of the year, and he entered this season, according to Baseball America, as the No. 2 prospect in the Red Sox farm system.