BOSTON (CBS) — A handful of American League pitchers got off to great starts this season, but Red Sox righty Clay Buchholz stood out above them all.

Buchholz was named AL Pitcher of the Month on Thursday for his work in April. Buchholz went a perfect 5-0 with a 1.19 ERA in his five starts in the month, with opponents hitting just .192 against him.

The 1.19 ERA was the lowest by a Red Sox pitcher through five starts since Roger Clemens had a 0.66 ERA in 1991. Buchholz also became the fourth pitcher in franchise history to record five wins in April, joining Josh Beckett, Pedro Martinez, Clemens and Babe Ruth.

Others pitchers who received votes, according to the official announcement, were Matt Moore (5-0, 1.13 ERA, 32.0 IP, 38 SO), Yu Darvish (5-1, 2.33 ERA,38.2 IP, 58 SO), Felix Hernandez (3-2, 1.90 ERA, 42.2 IP, 44 SO, 7 BB) and Tom Wilhelmsen (11 G, 0.75
ERA, 8 SV).

Buchholz kept his great April rolling into May, too, with a seven-inning outing against Toronto on Wednesday night, when he allowed just two hits and three walks while striking out eight and keeping the Blue Jays off the scoreboard.


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