The stench from Clay Buchholz' final start of the season might reek so much that it lingers until spring training.

Rather than doing his part last night to damage the New York Yankees' chances of winning the AL East, Buchholz threw up one of the worst starts of his career. He allowed eight runs on six hits, including three home runs, recorded only five outs and left the Red Sox in a nine-run hole in the second inning of a 10-2 New York rout at Yankee Stadium.

"I'm disappointed," Buchholz said flatly.