Buchholz was promoted to the Pawtucket Red Sox, the Triple-A affiliate of the Red Sox, on July 8, 2007.
He finished the Triple-A season with a 1–3 record while recording 55 strikeouts, 13 walks, and a 3.96 era over eight starts in Triple-A innings.
While competing for the Portland Sea Dogs in 2007, Buchholz played in fifteen games, winning seven and losing two.
His success led to his selection for the All-Star Futures Game at AT&T Park.
Buchholz made his Major League debut with the Boston Red Sox against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on August 17, 2007 at Fenway Park.
The Sox won the game 8–4 and he picked up the win, going six innings and giving up four runs (three earned).
He then pitched for the Wilmington Blue Rocks (Class-A Advanced) and the Greenville Drive (Class-A).
Between the two teams, Buchholz struck out 140 and walked 33 in 119 innings while going 11–4.
He threw 115 pitches, struck out nine, walked three, and hit Nick Markakis.
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