Clay Buchholz has pitched in 78 major league games over parts of five seasons. But he expects to be a little nervous when he takes the mound at Comerica Park on Sunday.

Buchholz also will be looking to get the Red Sox a victory after Saturday's 10-0 loss dropped them to 0-2.

The righthander will be pitching in a major league game for the first time in nearly 10 months, a back injury having cost him the final 3 1/2 months of last season.

"It's been a while. It seems a lot longer than 10 months because last year I had to get to the field early and go through the same monotonous routine every day,'' he said. "But I think it was for the good for the simple fact that all the stuff I did to get stronger has paid off.''