Buchholz named Jimmy Fund spokesman

Buchholz named Jimmy Fund spokesman

BOSTON -- Not only is Clay Buchholz an emerging pitcher for the Red Sox, but he is also increasing his involvement in the community. The Dana Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund announced Tuesday that Buchholz will be their Rally Against Cancer Spokesplayer for the 2010 season.

This is the fifth year of the program, as Buchholz will follow in the footsteps of Trot Nixon, Kevin Youkilis, Jon Lester and Dustin Pedroia.

It is a creative initiative in which Red Sox fans are encouraged to partner with their companies and schools as well as co-workers, classmates and friends to each contribute $5 or more to the Jimmy Fund. In doing so, they have the chance to wear Red Sox gear to work or school on April 6, which is this year's designated rally day. The Red Sox have a home game against the Yankees that day.

Whichever company, school (K-12) and college or university raises the most funds will get the honor of getting a visit from Buchholz, as long as it is within a two-hour drive of Boston.

The program has raised $1.6 million over the past four years. The goal this year is to raise $600,000. Buchholz will discuss his involvement in the program during a news conference at a date to be announced in Spring Training.

For more information, visit www.rallyagainstcancer.org.

The Jimmy Fund, which was founded in 1948, is the official charity of the Red Sox. Ever since the legendary Ted Williams started the trend, countless Red Sox stars have been involved with the Jimmy Fund over the years.

Buchholz is one of the most talented young pitchers in baseball. He emerged for the Red Sox in the second half of last season, going 7-4 with a 4.21 ERA after his recall from Triple-A Pawtucket. The right-hander threw a no-hitter in his second Major League start, which was on Sept. 1, 2007.

Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.