When Fenway Park opened in 1912, an average pitcher allowed five home runs per season. Smoky Joe Wood surrendered just two in 344 innings. But yesterday Clay Buchholz honored that club's memory by watching five balls leave the park in just six innings, which pretty much explains why the Yankees spoiled Fenway's 100th anniversary with a 6-2 victory.

"Mistakes," Buchholz said simply.

Manager Bobby Valentine called the homers "perplexing," and Buchholz had little in the way of explanation. No one did.

"Against a lot of the hitters, he was very competitive and then those home runs, out of the windup, no one on, they were perplexing," Valentine said. "He had a good curveball. His fastball was located down nicely a lot of the times, but at least four of the times, the ball wasn't located properly. He's still building. This is a guy, he didn't pitch all of last year and he's still getting his feet underneath him."

Wait, does that mean Buchholz is hurt? He emphatically said no. More likely, Valentine was simply referring to Buchholz' 31/2-month absence at the end of last year and his recent return to big league competition. He's now 1-1 with a 9.00 ERA in three starts.