Tim Wakefield stays in Red Sox rotation

Tim Wakefield has been pitching for the Red Sox since 1995.

Come Tuesday night, the Red Sox will be back at Fenway Park, where they own a 42-29 record.
They will be hosting the Blue Jays, a team they’ve beaten in five of seven meetings in Boston this season.

The Sox will have had a day off Monday, so bullpen arms and everyday legs will be rested.
So, maybe, just maybe, it will finally happen for Tim Wakefield.

Manager Terry Francona confirmed yesterday that the knuckleballer will remain in the Boston rotation, ensuring another shot at his 200th career victory.

The pursuit of the milestone has been torturous and tragic, with no outcome more gut-wrenching than Wednesday night, when after six near-misses since July 24, the Sox seemed poised to finally deliver.
But Daniel Bard knuckled under in the eighth, allowing an astonishing five earned runs in what became an 11-10 loss.

Thus, the 45-year-old Wakefield tied the legendary Steve Carlton for the most starts (seven) between victories No. 199 and 200.

“If it happens, it happens,” said Wakefield, who’s looking at four more starts, at most, this year.


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