Buchholz leaves game with right elbow tightness

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BOSTON - Not even a week ago, Clay Buchholz pitched a complete game and declared he was in the best shape of his life.

On Friday, he was forced out of the game in the fourth inning with what the team is calling right elbow tightness.

Buchholz didn't appear to be hurting on the mound that inning, but did allow a single and a double before Sandy Leon went out to talk with him. Leon then motioned for John Farrell and the team trainer to come out.

After a brief discussion, Buchholz was removed from the game and replaced with Robbie Ross Jr. (WATCH)

The Yankees went on to score three runs in the inning, as the Red Sox committed two errors, and Ross walked in a run.

With the bases loaded and two outs, Jacoby Ellsbury grounded to Brock Holt at second base, who couldn't handle a routine grounder right to him. After it bounced off his glove, he picked it up and fired to first base, but Ellsbury had beaten the throw and a run scored.

In the next at-bat, Brett Gardner hit a grounder that Napoli dove on - but Ross couldn't get to the bag in time and Gardner slid in safely. That scored another run.

With the bases still loaded, Ross walked Alex Rodriguez to give the Yankees a 4-0 lead.

Buchholz wasn't charged with any of the runs in that inning, finishing with a line of 3.1 IP, six hits, three runs (one earned), and three strikeouts.

Rodriguez hit a solo home run off Buchholz in the first inning.

We'll have an update on Buchholz after the game, but with the issue being with his right elbow - even if it's just deemed "tightness" - it makes sense that Farrell was quick to take him out.

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