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Tim Wakefield (16-10, 4.39 ERA) is the guy you want going against Tampa. He is 17-2 with a 2.38 ERA in 26 starts versus Tampa Bay. Wakefield’s last start he blew up against Baltimore allowing 6 ER in 3.2 innings. And because he didn’t record a decision he ruined his 26 game streak of always recording a decision.
David Ortiz will return tonight after taking last night off against Scott Kazmir who he has always struggled against. Last night Dustin Pedroia hit in the 3rd hole for Ortiz, going 1 for 4. Ortiz is 2 for 6 against Sonnanstine with a triple.
Andy Sonnanstine (5-9, 5.73) is going for his fourth straight win. In his last three games he is 3-0 with a 1.89 ERA. He has been very bad before this streak. He allowed 7 ER in 5 innings against Boston in his last start against the Sox. Sonnanstine has a 7.71 ERA in two starts against Boston this year.
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A victory in one of the next two games would give Tampa Bay five straight series wins for the first time since winning six in a row in June 2004.
This game will be a challenge. Sonnanstine and the Devil Rays are hot. Luckily the Sox are at home and Wakefield has so much success against Tampa. Look for a pitching duel. With rain in Boston the bats and balls will probably slick, and both pitchers have a lot going for them.