Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Wakefield Sets Red Sox Innings Pitched Record & Looked Great Doing It

Tim Wakefield just keeps going and going and going, Energizer Bunny-like. Last night he pitched his 2777th inning while in a Red Sox uniform. That's more than ANYONE ever. Victor Martinez threw the record setting ball into the Boston dugout for Timmy to keep on his mantle. Here's the ageless one...

"Now I know why they threw the ball into the dugout," Wakefield said. "I had no idea what was going on. I feel very blessed to wear this uniform for so long for an organization that believes in me. It's a tribute to never giving up. I'd like to pass that on to somebody on the bubble."

Well said. We love you Timmy. Oh, the Red Sox beat the Cleveland Indians by a score of 3-2. His pitching line was terrific. He went 7 1/3 innings, giving up those 2 runs, only one earned on 4 hits, whiffing 6 and walking nobody. Needless to say, he was around the plate all game long and the Indians seemed off balance and baffled. It was a vintage Wakefield knuckie night, that's for sure.

In other Red Sox news, the still hurting Jacoby Ellsbury will be examined today in LA by Dr. Lewis Yocum. I hope Yocum can get to the bottom of this rib pain by the All Star break. We're going to need him in the second half of the season.

Red Sox closer Jonathon Papelbon worked out at Fenway Park yesterday and will be eligible to return from the bereavement list tomorrow. No details other than that have been released or probably ever will. Family is family. Period.

The white hot Clay Buchholz will take the mound for the Sox tonight and he'll face the Indians' Justin Masterson, an old friend who was traded by the Sox to Cleveland in the VMart deal. I don't see Buchholz losing or even be challenged. He's pitching too well. Game time is shortly after 7pm EDT. Enjoy and as always, BE WELL.

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