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08/26/2011 - 11:18pm
Francona: Wakefield doesn't need rest

In his six attempts at career victory No. 200, Tim Wakefield is now 0-3 with a 4.97 ERA. For the year, he is 6-6 with a 5.10 ERA and he has reached 130 innings, nearing his total from 2010 and surpassing his workload of 2009.

As such, and given his struggles later in games, Red Sox manager Terry Francona was asked whether the knuckleballer could benefit from extra rest before his next start. The Sox skipper declined to suggest as much.

"I bet you every pitcher might be able to benefit from a little of downtime. I just think Wake had a tough night," said Francona. "This last streak he’s been on when he’s trying to get this win, there’s been a lot of things happen where he’s left this game with leads and we’ve given them up or something has happened. Nah, he’s OK. He’s worked hard so he can do this. I think he’s OK.”

For more on Wakefield's perspective on his...

08/26/2011 - 9:47pm
Stormy Wake: Wake denied 200, Sox lose

Tim Wakefield was tagged for six runs in the fourth inning and the Red Sox offense couldn't make up the difference as the A's hammered Boston, 15-5, Friday night in the opener of a three-game series at Fenway Park. The Red Sox maintained their one-game lead on the Yankees in the AL East 

Wakefield was making his sixth bid for his 200th career victory but early on it was apparent the knuckler didn't have his best stuff. After getting out of the first inning scoreless following a leadoff double, Wakefield wasn't as lucky in the second. David DeJesus singled home Brandon Allen to tie the game at 1-1, after Adrian Gonzalez gave the Red Sox a 1-0 lead with an RBI single in the first. After DeJesus' single, Cliff Pennington plated DeJesus with a single to put Oakland up, 2-1. 

Wakefield's undoing came quickly with two outs in the fourth. Scott Sizemore homered to left on a floating knuckleball with a runner aboard to make it 4-1. Wakefield, who...

08/26/2011 - 8:36pm
Drew goes 0-2 in first rehab start

LOWELL -- Friday night J.D. Drew played for the Lowell Spinners, the short-season Single A affiliate of the Red Sox, in his first live action since being placed on the disabled list July 26 with left shoulder impingement. Drew went 0-for-2 with a run scored batting third as the designated hitter.

"I felt the swings got better as the night went on," Drew said. "The first at bat was more figuring out how to work the counts and as the night went on my approach got better and a little cleaner."
Before his first at bat he received a loud ovation from the crowd, but proceeded to strike out swinging on an off speed pitch. In his second at bat he flied out to shallow left field on a 1-1 pitch. Drew's third at bat came in the sixth inning and he was hit by an off speed pitch on the right shoulder. Following that he came around to score from first base on a double. He walked in his final plate appearance which came in the eighth inning....

08/26/2011 - 4:58pm
Francona: Youk 'doing real well', games next

Red Sox manager Terry Francona sounded optimistic that the team could be getting Kevin Youkilis back swinging a bat in games as soon as Tuesday with Triple-A Pawtucket. Youkilis was placed on the disabled list on Aug. 18 with a strained lower back. Francona said Youkilis and J.D. Drew (shoulder) would likely join Triple-A Pawtucket when the team travels to Rochester.

"He's doing real well," Francona said before Friday's game. "He's probably going to go out and get a couple of at-bats Tuesday and Wednesday. They're in Rochester. J.D. will do the same thing."

Drew, who was scheduled to serve as the DH for Single-A Lowell Friday night, has been on the disabled list since July 26 with an impingement in the left shoulder. Reliever Bobby Jenks has been disabled since July 16 with tightness in the left side of his back. He will begin a rehab stint this weekend for Single-A Salem.  

"Jenks will pitch [Saturday] in...

08/26/2011 - 3:58pm
Harden: No hard feelings toward Sox

For a brief moment in time it looked like Oakland pitcher Rich Harden was heading to Boston in a trade-deadline deal that would have sent Lars Anderson and a player to be named later to the A's. Then suddenly, he wasn't. According to numerous reports, the Sox balked after looking at Harden's medical reports and decided to pursue a deal for Erik Bedard instead.

Harden said those few hours were a little surreal, but that he had no hard feelings toward the Sox. "Not at all," he said. "That's part of the game." Harden, who is set to be a free agent after this season, also said that the non-trade wouldn't stop him from considering Boston in the offseason.

Harden, who has made 10 trips to the disabled list during his career, understands that his medical history is always going to be a concern. "That's something that's always been an issue and I think it always will be," Harden said. "That question is always going to...

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